David Beckham praises Louis van Gaal for following Sir Alex Ferguson’s lead and promoting youth

by Sid Choudhary

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has praised Louis van Gaal for giving chances to young players at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal has placed his faith in a number of youngsters this season, most notably Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial, and it is something Beckham feels is great for the club.

Beckham came through Man United’s youth system himself before playing for the first-team for nearly a decade. The Englishman was lucky to come through the ranks along with a whole host of other youngsters who were all given their chance in the first-team by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Beckham is glad van Gaal is following in Ferguson’s footsteps.

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He said: “Sir Alex Ferguson was my favourite manager that I ever played for, he gave me the chance to play for the team that I had supported for my whole life and obviously the success we had there was all down to him as a manager,” Beckham said.

“The manager brought young players in and that’s why he was successful the way he was. Luckily the manager had enough faith in us kids. The fact that he threw us all in at the same time, shows the vision he had for the future.”

Beckham was a part of the famed ‘Class of 92,’ a group of players who all played together in the youth teams before graduating to playing regular senior football for United. The former England captain feels that van Gaal is succeeding in developing youngsters as well.

He added: “Now at United we’ve got a lot of young players finding their way, but doing great jobs, and I think the manager (Van Gaal), with obviously Ryan Giggs in there as well, it’s an important time but I think it’s a good time at the moment.”

United have been accused of losing their identity since van Gaal took over at the club but it is encouraging to see the manager giving youth a chance. Part of United’s culture is to develop young talent and it is great for fans to see van Gaal continuing that tradition.

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