Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has stressed the importance of giving young players an opportunity to play and has stated that blooding new talent is one of his key objectives at Old Trafford.
The Dutch maestro was the man that gave the likes of Xavi a chance to play at Barcelona, before the Spanish midfielder went on to become a club icon and world-class performer.
United have a rich tradition of homegrown talent, with the class of 92 including the likes of Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and David Beckham a memorable generation.
Despite the Old Trafford outfit spending big in recent transfer windows in an attempt to get amongst the silverware again, Van Gaal has stated that he also has the future in mind.
“I am a trainer-coach who believes in youth. I believe I have a very good eye for young talent,” he told The Telegraph.
“Of course, it is easier to buy the big stars but the big stars can fail too, and we have seen that last year. And that is why I have always said you have to invest in young players. OK, I know they are not ready yet, that is why I have said before that it’s more for my successor than for myself.
“When you look at my career, you can see I have brought through a lot of youngsters. When I leave, you have the players there who can be the guards of a club’s culture for the future, and that is important.”
A lot of United’ best young players have had to be sent out on loan to get regular football, as competition for places at Old Trafford is as stiff now as at any point in the recent memory.