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Louis van Gaal accepts risk of youngsters but believes rewards make it worthwhile

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal is fully aware that playing youngsters each week for Manchester United is extremely risky but is willing to take that chance.

The Dutchman’s squad has been hit hard with injuries this season forcing him into playing the likes of Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela in the first-team.

Rashford managed to score twice on his debut against FC Midtjylland and went on to score another double against Arsenal in the Premier League, much to the delight of fans and his stock has gone stratospheric since then.

Speaking about the youngsters, van Gaal insisted consistency is key if they want to play for the club each week.

“But they have to prove it because it is very risky to do that. Youngsters are not consistent, we are talking about consistency,” he said.

“There are of course exceptions like Martial, but that is a big exception.

“Most of the players cannot show that every week, so it is a big risk, but, at the end, we are in three competitions still and the team has more spirit and the older players are coming back.

“So we have a great momentum at this moment because we have discovered that a lot of players can play at this level and the older players have to compete with these youngsters.

“And it’s fantastic and that is also what I have experienced at my other teams, so I think it’s always good to have youngsters in your selection.”

I think Borthwick-Jackson, Varela and Rashford have all shown the sort of consistency which could keep them in the starting XI every week but I do understand the point from van Gaal because not everybody can do that straight away. Most can’t and that’s why some can stand-out from the crowd.

United’s youngsters have more than proved their worth in the last four games but with the Europa League and FA Cup coming up, they’ll need to improve their game even more and show they can do it on the biggest stage, like we did against Arsenal.

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