Louis van Gaal always looking to promote youth at Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Louis van Gaal has insisted he will always look to promote youth players at Manchester United to fill gaps in his squad.

Van Gaal presided over an overhaul in personnel at Man United this summer, with the likes of Robin van Persie and Rafael leaving the club.

The changes have left United with a small squad, meaning youngsters such as Axel Tuanzebe and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have been promoted in recent weeks.

Van Gaal is keen on continuing to give young players a chance at United.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

“It is the way I lead this club. I don’t want a big selection because when you have a big selection it doesn’t give any chance to the young players,” the Dutchman said.

“That is why I have sold a lot of players and have a lot out on loan. It means we only have a squad of 21 outfield players and three goalkeepers. So when there are injuries and illnesses, I have to look at the youth allocation with my youth coaches Warren Joyce and Paul McGuinness.”

It is fantastic to see players from the academy make the step up to first-team affairs. Van Gaal has received criticism for his style of play, amongst other things, this season, but his handling of young players such as Tuanzebe, Borthwick-Jackson and Jesse Lingard has been exemplary.

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