Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes it is better to promote young players from within the club rather than buying talents from elsewhere.
United have developed a reputation for promoting youth since Sir Alex Ferguson first took charge of the club in 1986 and van Gaal is doing a good job in continuing that tradition.
The Dutchman insisted he is “well aware” of his duty to bring through young players at Old Trafford.
“As a manager I am well aware that it is much better to produce players from your own youth education, from your own culture, than to buy players from another culture or country or something like that,” van Gaal said.
“And I have provided a lot of examples in my managerial career of that. It is not a surprise for my board because they know.”
Van Gaal famously handed the likes of Xavi and Thomas Muller their first chances in the first-team at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, respectively, and United supporters will be hoping the latest crop of youngsters end up becoming equally as revered.