That’s according to football consultant Ian McGarry, who believes new deals for Marcus Rashford, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Luke Shaw, along with the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and the potential purchase of Harry Maguire, shows ‘there is a shift.’
United are in need of a rebuild this summer after failing to qualify for the Champions League last season.
They have already paid £50m to sign England youngster Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, while also forking out £15m to bring Welsh winger Daniel James to Old Trafford.
And the likes of Rashford, Smalling, Jones and Shaw have also put pen to paper on contract extensions in recent months.
Reports suggest the Red Devils will add another homegrown player to the ranks in the coming days, too, with an £80m deal for Leicester centre-back Maguire – which will make him the most expensive defender in football history – close to completion.
McGarry thinks United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has ‘come full circle’, insisting he is trying to take the club back in time.
“The policy obviously extends to renewals of contracts as well, because we’ve recently seen Marcus Rashford sign a new deal, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, even Luke Shaw was rewarded a new deal as well,” he said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“So clearly there is a shift. I mentioned the team of ’99. If we go back to the Invincible Arsenal team of 2004, only two Englishmen, Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole, in that team.
“I think you’re right when you say that Solskjaer is almost taking Man United back in time and to the days when he was a player”
“It seems to have come full circle and it does feel a little bit retro.
“I think you’re right when you say that Solskjaer is almost taking Man United back in time and to the days when he was a player, when most of the team was English, or certainly spoke English that’s for sure, and Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge.”
Maguire, 26, has emerged as one of the best defensive talents the country has to offer in his time at Leicester, while also becoming a key player for England under Gareth Southgate.
Now he is set to become the world’s costliest defender, without ever playing in the Champions League, and McGarry claimed yesterday that his medical at Old Trafford will go ahead ‘in the next 48 hours’.
“The deal is very close to being done from Leicester City to Manchester United,” he said.
“It’s our understanding that Maguire has already left Leicester’s training camp in France, will be coming back to the UK to finalise that deal.
“We did tell you it would be £60m upfront plus £20m in add-ons, making him the most expensive defender in the world.
“He’s due to have a medical at Manchester United in the next 48 hours, as soon as the conditions and terms of his contract are finalised.”
The Transfer Window podcast is available to download on iTunes, or you can listen to it on Acast.