Love, who had previously featured for the U21 side, made his debut in a 2-1 defeat against Sunderland in February amid an injury crisis at Man United before taking part in another 2-1 loss – against FC Midtjylland – the following week.
It was a swift rise to prominence for Love but he was soon dropped back down to the reserves. The Scot revealed that he hasn’t spoken to van Gaal about a return to the first team.
“It’s not really hit me yet. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I learned a lot from it,” Love said.
“The manager told me to go out and play like I did for the [Under] 21s. That’s what I did and I thought we did well. But we lost the game to two set pieces. He told me after the Sunderland game I’d done well and that I was one of the better players. That gives your confidence a boost.
“In the Sunderland game I was charging forward and the winger didn’t get past me once. I just played my own game. The pace didn’t bother me because our [Under] 21s coach nails fitness into us.
“But we lost the next game and I’ve fallen out of it since then. I don’t regret anything because I did my best when I was out there. But I wanted to win. The manager hasn’t spoken to me yet, but I think that’s just how he is. I think I see him how you see him: it’s either his way or no other way. I’m just waiting for another chance.”
Love performed well enough during his brief spell in the first team but there is a sense that he didn’t grab his opportunity in the same way that the likes of Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have.
There is still time for him to make an impression but his cause hasn’t been helped by the return to fitness of players such as Matteo Darmian.