Sunday 23 October 2016

Arsene Wenger: Man United ignoring tradition and trying to buy the title

Wenger - van Gaal is ignoring United tradition and trying to buy way to success

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger claims Manchester United are abandoning the traditions of Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson by trying to buy their way to success.

The Arsenal manager says Louis van Gaal's spending spree over the past two summers is evidence of a lack of patience within Old Trafford.

United have spent around £75m on Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian after an outlay of £150m 12 months ago.

Meanwhile home-grown talent like Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley have been shown the door. Wenger believes it is a departure from United's tradition of building from within.

"You can take Barcelona or Man United, who had a generation and built their success on players who came from within," he said.

"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.

"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."

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