Manchester United are changing their ways to keep up with Premier League rivals

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Long gone are the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. Long gone are the days of Manchester United producing top talent from their academy and promoting them to the first team.

A new era is upon us at United and it is a sad one. With two dismal seasons since Ferguson retired from the club, Red Devils fans have suffered under David Moyes where the club witnessed one of the worst seasons in their famous history.

Now, under Louis Van Gaal, there is a Manchester United who some may have trouble connecting with.


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The new age of Manchester United is one that has seen some of the largest spending on transfers ever by an English club. Last season, United spent £150 million on players and this summer the trend is certainly being continued.

Already, the Red Devils have signed Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich, Matteo Darmian from Torino FC, Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven and Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.

Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin are two players who have been bought in order to guarantee European football next season and to keep United in touching distance of their top rivals in the League. However, with all this spending, totaling £77 million already, what does it mean for the youth of Manchester United?

Youth, talent and homegrown players is what used to make up the DNA of Manchester United. Just think back to the days of Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes.

Long gone are these days, with the current trend of European football it seems that the policy of promoting youth players and giving them a chance in the first team are long gone.

Spend big on big names is now in vogue for the top English clubs and Manchester united would appear to be the most fashionable of these clubs currently.

In United's current squad only striker James Wilson, defender Tyler Blackett and Patrick McNair featured under Louis Van Gaal last season and unfortunately for these players it would seem it was only out of necessity.

United's squad was thin during 2014/15 and it would seem that Van Gaal is on a mission to prevent these players having to play any minutes of first team football come next season.

This is obvious with the current signings being made. Yes, James Wilson and Tyler Blackett may make appearances in the Capital One Cup, but really is this enough?

Reports have linked Manchester United strongly with a move for Spanish and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos. If this deal were to go ahead then United fans will certainly not see Blackett or McNair featuring in 2015/16.

It seems that Manchester United are forgetting their young academy players and under Louis Van Gaal it would also seem that he has no time for grooming youngsters this coming season.

It is an unfortunate series of events that have led to this decline in youth players getting first team appearances. Clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea are to blame as their massive spending ability has forced other club's hands in seeing a necessity to keep up.

Therefore it is not exactly Manchester United's fault that they are now on this path but that is not to say that it is troubling and sad.

Louis Van Gaal is under an extreme amount of pressure this coming season and will be doing everything possible to assemble a squad with enough quality to guarantee a top four finish. Last season, the club were way off challenging for the title, yet this season with the signings they have made it is hard not to give them a serious chance.

The problem however is that once again it will be a club buying their way to the top. The days of Sir Alex Ferguson and the young players he promoted to the first team seem well and truly gone at Old Trafford. 

It is therefore a different era; the Van Gaal era, and it's one which is going to deny young British talent of a chance to play at the top level.

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