Manchester United's most successful manager Sir Alex Ferguson has major concerns over the club's willingness to spend big in search of instant success, according to the Daily Mail.
Ferguson worked tirelessly for a quarter of century to make United the Premier League's biggest success story by quite some distance, but is reportedly growing increasingly worried that those endeavours will be undermined by a trigger-happy approach to the transfer market.
United spent a club-record £150 million last summer and are ready to go again with big bids for world-class stars next summer, which is pretty much in direct contrast with the way Ferguson built successful sides at Old Trafford time and time again.
Ferguson keeps his feelings private
The Mail reports that Ferguson's reservations about United's spending spree are in no way blamed on current Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal, a coach the Scot rates very highly and thinks is the right man to take United forward.
Ferguson is rather more upset with the club's hierarchy though and must be concerned that the path for United youngsters to break through and emulate the famous Class of 92 by forming the bulk of the first-team will be blocked, because the club is so desperate to earn an instant return to the Champions League and stay there.
Van Gaal to spend big again next summer
Any disappointment that Ferguson may feel has certainly been kept behind closed doors, but may grow considerably by the time next summer comes round. That is because United are ready to go big again in the transfer market at the end of the season, with Van Gaal given a budget that exceeds £100m to sign his top targets.
Kevin Strootman, Mats Hummels and Mario Gotze are just some of the star names being linked with a mega-money move to the Theatre of Dreams, with United deciding they can't afford to wait on under-performing stars in their current squad to improve.
It's clear that United are almost unrecognisable from the team which Ferguson left behind, both in terms of results and the philosophy of a club which has decided to flex their financial muscles like never before over the next few years.