When Manchester United sold Danny Welbeck to Arsenal there was an outcry from critics that the club had effectively sold its soul and turned its back on the tradition of promoting younger players.
Far from turning his back on tradition, Louis van Gaal has showed faith in youngsters since he took over as manager and has continued to do so this weekend by including Tom Thorpe and Paddy McNair in United’s match day squad to face West Ham.
Thorpe, 21, and McNair, 19, become the latest in a long list of youngsters who have been given an opportunity by the new United boss.
Overall, the likes of Thorpe, Pereira, McNair, Lingard, Wilson, Blackett, Keane, Keane, Goss, Vermijl, James, Pearson, Janko and O’Hara have either played or trained with the first-team.
Abandoning the youth? Van Gaal couldn’t be doing much more to include them and you only have to look at the buzz today from United fans to see how positively it has been received.