Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal wants more youth products in his first team squad despite an unprecedented summer of spending.
With rumours suggesting that spending isn’t going to stop moving into 2015, it’s hard to imagine which batch of current youngsters will make the grade at Old Trafford but Van Gaal says it is the academy’s job to ‘deliver’ such talents.
Tyler Blackett and Patrick McNair both made their first team debuts this season and have featured regularly whilst James Wilson has been entrusted to start in games such as Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Former United star Paul Scholes commented last week that United may lose out on top talents but Van Gaal is focusing solely on his own academy producing results.
Speaking to MUTV, Van Gaal said: “It [the Academy] should deliver talents for the first team because the youth education is built for that reason.”
Despite a humiliating 4-0 defeat to MK Dons back in August, the Dutchman used the game to give debuts and rare first team appearances to several of his young stars.
Saidy Janko, Andreas Pereira and Reece James all made first team debuts whilst there were also appearances for Marnick Vermijl, Michael Keane, Nick Powell with Wilson, McNair, Tom Thorpe and loaned out Wilfried Zaha on the bench.
By the sounds of it, Van Gaal intends to continue making youngsters an integral part of his team at United which is great news for the talented players currently in United’s academy teams.