Arsene Wenger accuses Manchester United of buying success

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Arsene Wenger has accused Louis van Gaal of abandoning Manchester United's long-standing tradition of developing local talent in favour of short-term success.

The Arsenal manager says huge financial resources have only served to eradicate any form of patience that once existed at Old Trafford and believes the Red Devils will soon have to rely solely on the transfer market to strengthen their squad.

Wenger has helped blood a number of stars through Arsenal's youth system and despite the recent influx of cash at the Emirates, he has no intention of changing that policy.


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Hector Bellerin, who, of course, was recruited from Barcelona as a 15-year-old, flourished for the first-team last season following an injury to Mathieu Debuchy while Francis Coquelin has also been given a chance to shine by Wenger's decision not to bring in a new holding midfielder.

There are certainly more and more foreign names coming to Arsenal from other clubs with Polish youngster Krystian Bielik and the Romanian wonderkid Vlad Dragomir both joining in recent months, but Wenger still believes there is something to be said for developing a team over a number of years rather than patching one together at great expense.

Youth development policy

“We want to continue to combine stronger financial resources with faith in our philosophy and policy,” Wenger told reporters. “That means we want to continue to give chances to young players and build the players from inside our club with our culture.

“Afterwards, if we can buy the exceptional players, we can compete today. But that will not be the basis of our policy.

“With United’s success they have created huge financial resources and today there is no patience for them to continue to do what they did"

No patience

“Most of the clubs who have been successful are clubs who have done that well. You can take Barcelona or Man United, who had a generation and built their success on players who came from within. These are our values and it is our DNA and it’s important we keep that.

“With United’s success they have created huge financial resources and today there is no patience for them to continue to do what they did — and they have the financial resources to go with a different policy.

As well, they do not have available the players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club, because youth talent is spread more through 20 clubs than it was 20 years ago.”

Lack of cohesion

Manchester United's season got off the a terrible start this time last year when an opening day defeat to Swansea City was followed by a 4-1 mauling to League One side MK Dons and two draws against Sunderland and Burnley.

Having spent close to £150m on players that summer, it is no surprise that this team of strangers did not have the efficacy that their price tag most certainly suggested.

Again, Manchester United are chopping and changing their squad with a number of established stars set to leave, to be replaced with equally established stars.

It leaves the squad with a completely different feel from the one that finished fourth last season and also leaves more players who may or may not adopt Van Gaal's infamous philosophy.


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