United's academy star Danny Welbeck joined Premier League rivals Arsenal for £16 million yesterday, and was replaced with the world class Columbian Radamel Falcao, a move that caught many off-guard.
Mike Phelan, who was Sir Alex Ferguson's assistant between 2008-13, has suggestively criticised his former employers in an interview with BBC Radio 5Live, saying they have lost their way with the outgoings and spending this summer.
Phelan said: "A good young kid coming through, part of the academy system, and now they've decided that might not be the best way to go.
"Obviously there is more and more money in the game. Looking further and further afield for players but that's probably lost the Manchester United way a little bit."
Seeing Danny Welbeck depart for Arsenal will pull on the heartstrings on many supporters, especially considering the history of success United have had with academy graduates.
However the 'Manchester United way' that Phelan talks about also includes the club consistently winning trophies, and playing good attacking football.
The past 18 months have been nothing but disastrous, and seeing the 20-times Premier League champions take such a dramatic decline was a shock to almost everybody.
After last season's experience it was widely agreed that this summer money had to be thrown at the problem.
Phelan may well romanticise about United's academy system, but since the class of 92 it has not produced a single world class player. Welbeck has arguably been the best since, and the fact Louis van Gaal has deemed him surplus to requirements really says it all.