Rashford and Fosu-Mensah, in particular, have put in some scintillating performances for the first team recently. Lingard believes van Gaal deserves credit for placing faith in Man United’s youngsters.
“There are a lot of different routes to get to the first team and luck plays a part,” Lingard said.
“But when you are in the youth system it is good to see other young players getting opportunities. That’s why it is good that the manager is playing young players this season. He likes young players and he can trust us. It all helps other young players in the academy knowing there are examples of lads like themselves getting opportunities. It lifts you.”
Van Gaal certainly deserves the praise he is getting for continuing United’s tradition of bringing through youngsters but it is hard to look past the awful performances and results he has presided over this season.
Players such as Rashford and Fosu-Mensah may not have gotten a chance under another manager but van Gaal’s position at the club has been verging on untenable for a while now and a change in management is needed.