Louis van Gaal is delighted with Manchester United younger stars following their performances against Barcelona at the weekend.
The Dutchman fielded a variety of young players in the second half against Barcelona including Jesse Lingard, James Wilson, Andreas Pereira and Adnan Januzaj in a squad which had an average age of 22.
It was an encouraging performance from Man United’s youngster’s, especially considering they were playing against European Champions Barcelona.
Van Gaal was quick to praise the youngsters hunger and energy against Barcelona and highlighted their spirit against the Catalan club.
He said: “Yes I was very happy with the reaction of the youngsters because they were more aggressive and that I always want.
“They were defending more, going forwards and, okay, sometimes you make the wrong choices and you are always the loser, but that is also useful. But it was a team with the spirit. We created chances and we scored two goals with the youngsters so I am very happy.”
Seven of the 11 players who finished the game, including both second-half scorers, came through United's youth teams. #MUtour
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 25, 2015
United fans will have been equally as pleased to see the club’s youngsters perform in such a big game . The way players such as Januzaj and Lingard performed will only increase pressure on Van Gaal from fans to give them the chance they deserve.
As Angel di Maria is likely leaving the club for Paris Saint-Germain and Wayne Rooney United’s only prolific goalscorer, there are definitely gaps in the squad that the youngsters can claim as their own.
With United set to face a much busier schedule this year than last, Van Gaal’s youngsters can expect to feature much more frequently than last year and here’s hoping they take their chance and cement their spot in the first-team for years to come.