Jonny Evans believes that Manchester United’s young players will miss Louis van Gaal, who was sacked as the club’s manager on Monday.
Van Gaal departed the club just two days after winning the FA Cup but he suffered a disappointing fifth-placed finish in the Premier League.
Performances were generally far below the required level but van Gaal earned praise for the way he brought through the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. Evans, who came through the youth academy himself at Man United before leaving last year, praised van Gaal for placing faith in young players.
“I’m pleased for van Gaal that he won the FA Cup,” Evans said.
“I think he’s a very good coach and I was pleased to see his team win something. A lot of players will be sad to see him leave in a way, especially the younger players. He’s brought a lot of younger players into the squad and given them opportunities. He was very brave and very good at doing that.”
Van Gaal certainly deserves praise for discovering the likes of Rashford and Fosu-Mensah. If they go on to have successful careers, they will have the Dutchman to thank.
Jose Mourinho is said to be on the verge of taking over at United and there have been reservations over whether he will adopt the same approach.
It is an uncertain period for United’s youngsters but Mourinho is no fool and he will be aware that he has to adhere to some of the club’s traditions if he is to keep the fans on his side.