Paul McGuinness: Louis van Gaal is continuing Manchester United’s tradition of promoting youth

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United academy coach Paul McGuinness believes Louis van Gaal is continuing the club’s famous tradition of promoting young players.

The likes of Axel Tuanzebe, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jesse Lingard, James Wilson and Andreas Pereira have all been involved in the first-team in recent weeks.

It has been fantastic to see for Man United supporters as Sir Alex Ferguson famously brought through a number of talents during his time in charge of the club.

McGuinness insisted the youngsters at United are benefitting hugely from the involvement in first-team affairs.

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When asked about the call-up of Tuanzebe, who was 17 at the time, McGuinness said: “This is where Louis van Gaal, to be honest with you, is following completely in the footsteps of previous United managers’ tradition for it.

“When I was a young player, I was taken to two or three games when you had a first reserve, there were only 11 players and one sub, so you’d go in as reserve and carry the kit and do other things.

“It all gives you experience of being with the first-team and that’s going on regularly now. The first-team does not have a massive squad so this week, the international week, the U18s, U19s and U21s are all training with the first-team players which is great for their development.”

It is fantastic to see for supporters when academy graduates flourish in the first-team. Van Gaal has been criticised at points this season but there is no question that he is doing an excellent job of promoting young players at Old Trafford.

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