Former Southampton and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder David Prutton believes Manchester United’s younger players are rejuvenating supporters at Old Trafford.
As well as Fosu-Mensah and Rashford, the likes of Guillermo Varela, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Joe Riley have ably made the step up to first team affairs in recent weeks. Prutton insisted the youngsters have been a “breath of fresh air” for fans.
“It’s a good reflection on the youth policy, and you would like to think it rejuvenates the fans moving forward to think the future is rosy,” Prutton said.
“I would think Louis van Gaal‘s hand has probably been forced, he had £150m worth of talent injured and not available to play, he’s got to play somebody. But Marcus Rashford has been a breath of fresh air, and there’s no pressure on the young kids there.
“They may be compared to some of the United kids who have come through before, who are decorated, successful footballers, but at this moment in time there isn’t much pressure on them. Why not blood the kids through? They get to know the atmosphere at Old Trafford, they get to know what it’s like to play in proper games for United, and it bloods them for the future.
“He could do a lot worse than blood the youngsters through, and then you’ve got that wonderful feeling in two or three years time where he can sit back and say: ‘Well, I brought them all through in the first place, and look how good they are now.’”
Following a dismal December, van Gaal came under huge pressure at Old Trafford and rightly so.
However, it is clear that he understands the club and its traditions and he deserves credit for the way he has brought the youngsters through. The jury is still very much out on whether he is the right man to lead United forward but it has been fantastic to see United winning with young players on the pitch.