Louis van Gaal reiterates belief that smaller squads are better

by Tanveer Arayan

Louis van Gaal has reiterated his belief that it is better to have a smaller squad at Manchester United as it gives more of a chance to young players.

An injury crisis at Man United in recent weeks has seen the likes of Guillermo Varela and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson given opportunities in the first-team.

Some fans have criticised the lack of depth in United squad as players such as Nick Powell are yet to prove they are of the required level. However, van Gaal insisted he will continue with the policy as it helps youngsters at the club.

“That’s also a strategy because you can also hold a big selection, but I think smaller selections are always better, because you can give chances to youth players,” van Gaal said.

“We have seen that this year, and you have seen that they always play good in their first match. Borthwick-Jackson in his first match was very good, and also Varela, who played a very good match against Wolfsburg. I have to say that, in my option, it’s the right way.”

While it is good to see young players being given a chance in the first-team, a club of United’s stature should be able to pick and choose their moments to blood them.

Louis van Gaal

Instead, van Gaal has been forced to throw in the likes of Borthwick-Jackson in important games such as the one against Wolfsburg. The blame has to lie at the Dutchman’s feet as a better transfer policy this summer could have seen the situation avoided.

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