The Frenchman believes United, previously famed for their excellent youth development, have ditched their philosophy on youth in favour of using their considerable “financial resources” in the transfer market.
Having seen United spend just under £80million to bring in new talent such as Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, Wenger has signed just £10million keeper Petr Cech.
Wenger handed eight Arsenal youth team graduates 156 cumulative appearances in all competitions last season, compared with that of 15 United youth team graduates making a total of 120 – numbers which Wenger believes points to United’s lack of “patience” in the current transfer market.
“We want to continue to combine stronger financial resources with faith in our philosophy and policy,” Wenger told the Times of his transfer market approach.
“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.
“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 what they did.
“They have the financial resources to go with a different policy. And they do not have available players like Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham inside the club.”