FAITH IN YOUTH
For a club once immortalised by Alan Hansen’s ill-fated quip ‘you can’t win anything with kids’, Manchester United’s youth policy has lost its way in recent years.
Ryan Giggs sought to readdress that balance during his brief caretaker spell, promoting Tom Lawrence and James Wilson to great effect, with the latter netting twice against Southampton. He also netted this belter in the U21 league back in April:
The duo are by no means the only talented youngsters in the Red Devils squad – they’re joined by Nick Powell, Will Keane, Michael Keane and Wilfried Zaha to name a few, not to mention Belgian whizzkid Adnan Januzaj, the architect of this strike:
Manchester United must rediscover their faith in youth and Louis van Gaal is undoubtedly the right man for the job. His 1995 Champions League-winning Ajax side had an average age of just 23.
The 62-year-old has already shown a commitment to cause too with the signings of 18 year-old Luke Shaw and 24 year-old Ander Herrera, the latter being in sensational form during United’s 7-0 romping of LA Galaxy during their pre-season tour in the USA. 20 year-old Reece James also netted twice, including this confident finish: