After years of dominating the Premier League under Sir Alex Ferguson, it seems that the recent lack of success Manchester United have endured is now resulting in them going down a new route.
United have always been known for producing local talent down the years and have always been proud of that fact. It now seems that under Louis van Gaal, they have decided the only way they can compete with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, is to spend as much money as they possibly can on foreign imports.
United have bought in four foreign players in the form Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian at a combined cost of around £85million, and there is no sign yet, that the spending is to stop.
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They are still interested in signing the likes of Christian Benteke, Thomas Muller, Sergio Ramos and Nicolas Otamendi to name but a few.
With United continuing to go down the foreign player route, it means that the English players in their squad will find their game time coming at an ever higher premium.
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The likes of Michael Carrick, Ashley Young, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling will find their places in the team under serious threat through little fault of their own and they could end up spending more and more time sitting on the bench than actually running around the park.
This situation also means that the players could find their places in the England setup under threat as well, because if they are not playing for their club, how can they expect to be picked for their country.
A manager's decision?
It is patently clear that the manager has, over the course of one season, seen the English players in his squad play and decided that they are not good enough to challenge for major trophies.
Backed by the United hierarchy who demand success at all costs, he has decided that he must try and lure some of the best talent in Europe to Old Trafford. He has been given a blank chequebook and has been told to go out and spend, spend, spend, and he is doing exactly that.
With the amount of money being thrown at the Premier League by Sky and BT, the current situation will not get any better, and unless something drastic is done financially, we will end up with more and more foreign players and managers, and the chances of young English players progressing up through the ranks will be negligible.