Rashford has scored six goals for Man United since his debut for the club in February, while Fosu-Mensah has established himself in the first team recently with some excellent performances.
“This opens the chance for youngsters and Manchester United believes in youngsters, as do I,” van Gaal said.
“This was also one of the arguments as to why they have selected me, so it is not new for me that it is happening, but I’m very happy that we have the ability to pick up youngsters out of the academy.”
It has been fantastic to see United’s youngsters flourish in the first team but the fact remains that results and performances haven’t been good enough over the course of the campaign.
Van Gaal deserves credit for the way he has handled the young players at the club but it is clear he is not the right man to lead United forward.