Van Gaal was pleased with how the team managed to keep their shape despite being relatively inexperienced.
“We stayed in our shape because Barcelona is a very good team,” he said.
“The second half with all the youngsters…we maintained the same rhythm so I was happy.”
United have a number of top quality young players at the club, with several possessing the ability to become world-class someday.
There were concerns that United’s transfer activity this summer would reduce the amount of gametime for the prospects already at Old Trafford but it seems as if van Gaal knows what he is doing when it comes to giving them opportunities to shine.