Manchester United's transfer strategy over the past couple months has polarised opinion.
There are those who have celebrated the importation of £150 million worth of talent at Old Trafford, as Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera, Angel di Maria and Daley Blind all arrived during the course of the summer transfer window.
Yet there is another camp who believe the soul of the club has been jeopardised, as established personnel such as Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra all left the club, Manchester-born athlete Danny Welbeck was sold to Arsenal and academy prospect Tom Lawrence was jettisoned to Leicester City.
Guillem Balague has aligned himself with the first school of thought as the Spaniard believes there can be no more time wasted as Manchester United look to bounce-back to the upper echelon of domestic and European football.
"There’s nothing to say [Louis van Gaal is] not looking at the long-term plan," said Balague to Mutiny Press. "He needs to win now; he can’t wait to win until youth come in."
There has also been rumour, seemingly unsubstantiated, that Adnan Januzaj is unsettled due to the addition of positional rival Angel di Maria. But Balague does not believe that the arrival of Galactico-style players can inhibit the development of youth, providing that young talent is strong enough to succeed at the elite-level - where Manchester United aspire to be.
He continued: "Nothing is coming through, practically nothing. It’s not one or the other, he will do both I believe. He does have to be patient, I think there’s been a lot of time wasting at Manchester United with potential youth, a lot of mistakes at the academy, not enough leveling there – that needs to be rectified which will take a while.
"If you have £300million to spend, why not spend it? If you’re going to do that, give it to someone who has knowledge of the international market [like van Gaal].
"They have the handicap of not playing in Europe, so he will have to overpay. It’s a slow process really," Balague concluded.