Louis van Gaal explains how Man United’s youngsters have changed the dressing room

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal believes that his Manchester United side have gained “a lot of spirit” due to the amount of young players coming into the squad.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Marcus Rashford, both 18 years old, started in the 1-0 win over Watford on Wednesday.

Man United have also welcomed the likes of Joe Riley, Joe Rothwell, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela into the squad in recent weeks. Van Gaal insisted that the young players have given United a breath of fresh air.

“We are fighting. In the fight, we can play fantastic matches against Arsenal, and I believe against Midtjylland we also played very well,” van Gaal said.

“The win against Shrewsbury Town was the start of the run of victories; I think the youngsters have given us a lot of spirit, and now when you see the dressing room full of joy with all the players laughing, it’s beautiful to see. I think that shall also accelerate the recovery of the players.”

It seems as if the club’s young players have been more receptive to van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ and way of playing.

Rashford and Fosu-Mensah were both superb against Watford and Varela, Riley and Borthwick-Jackson have also done their reputations the world of good. United have a rich history of bringing through young talent and it has been fantastic to see van Gaal continue that tradition.

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