Goss replaced Michael Carrick during Man United’s final tour game against Paris Saint Germain in a 2-0 loss and he slotted into midfield with ease.
The 19-year-old was the only real unknown quantity when United travelled to America this summer, as he was the only player, apart from the new signings, who was yet to appear for the club.
Van Gaal had invited Goss to train with the first-team towards the back end of last season and Goss told Manutd.com what the manager told him after the game.
“He said he was happy with me and congratulated me on my debut and said I deserved it,” Goss explained.
“It felt good to hear him say that.”
Goss is, unsurprisingly, yet to appear for United this season and is still waiting for his competitive debut in a red shirt.
However, with six games in 18 days in September, including a home League Cup tie with Ipswich Town, the United squad depth is sure to be tested. The Capital One Cup could be the ideal platform for Goss to finally showcase his abilities at Old Trafford.
With United aiming to battle for silverware on all four fronts this season, emerging players like Goss could see more playing time than they were expecting.
The youngsters will want to go on a good run in the Capital One Cup, ensuring more playing time for all of them and the chance to challenge for silverware early on in the season.