Former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan has claimed that Louis Van Gaal is looking for short term solutions to push the Red Devils back up to the top four.
Manchester United have sold a number of players this summer including academy graduate Danny Welbeck, while fellow academy graduate Tom Cleverley has left on loan.
Many former Manchester United players and staff have voiced their astonishment that Welbeck had been allowed to leave for rivals Arsenal, who could be their main rivals for a 4th place finish this season.
Mike Phelan has now accused Van Gaal of only being concerned with the short term future of the club. The former assistant spoke at the SoccerEx convention in Manchester.
“The Welbeck thing is just something that came at a certain time in the club’s history and so people are saying the club has forgotten about its history.
“We’ve got a manager who is a proven winner, but it is a short-term thing for him. He has signed a three-year deal and is going to be here for that length of time.
“The club’s priority now is to win things so, unfortunately, other things take a step back, but there are people working all the hours God sends to bring kids through.”
Former Manchester United full back Gary Neville spoke to talkSPORT and explained he was baffled that United let Welbeck leave for £16m.
“I can’t work it out [why Manchester United sold Welbeck]. After all the prices I’ve seen paid this summer and, obviously I’ve been working with him the last week, I’m thinking how is it just £16m?
“There’s been right-backs and left-backs galore who have been bought for £15m this summer. How have they got him for £16m?
“I can’t work it out to this day, it’s a strange one. It really does feel strange that it’s a centre-forward and actually it’s helped out a competitor, someone who will be vying for those third and four places with United this season. I’m struggling to understand the logic behind the deal in two or three ways really.”
Welbeck hit the headlines during the international break scoring twice as England overcame Switzerland in their opening qualification game.
With Mike Phelan suggesting that Van Gaal is not interested in bringing through young players its is perhaps unfair to judge the Dutch manager after three Premier League games.
The Dutchman has also given academy graduate Tyler Blackett his chance to cement a place in United’s first team, while he started fellow graduate Jesse Lingard in the opening game of this season.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.