The Dutchman promoted both into the first-team and given them opportunities to play consistent football at Old Trafford this season.
Borthwick-Jackson and Lingard linked up well against Chelsea and helped Man United take one point from their 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge last weekend, and their influence on the team hasn’t gone unnoticed.
Speaking ahead of Sunderland, van Gaal said: “When you play a lot of matches, which is what will happen in February and also in March, yes it makes it more difficult.
“I let the players into the second team and even in the second team you can be injured, that is our problem. We have coped with that for the whole season and it delivers youngsters out of youth, so it is a good policy because I am happy with Borthwick-Jackson and Lingard. They have had this chance because of this policy.”
Van Gaal openly admitted he wanted to have a small squad this season and promote the youth into gaps created by injuries, so Lingard and Borthwick-Jackson’s progression is testament to how that can be fruitful.
There’s no question that a better balance does have to be found because United’s squad has lacked real quality in depth too often this season which has hurt our campaign but in keeping with the traditions of our club, promoting the youth always has to be one of our priorities. For all his faults, that’s one thing van Gaal has done well.