English Premiership

LVG confirms youth intentions

2015-06-17 08:50
Louis van Gaal (AFP)

London - Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has promised the club's youth team players they will get a chance to show they can step-up into senior football during the English giants' pre-season tour of the United States.

There have been complaints that a United youth system which saw David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville all graduate into the first team, is no longer producing players for the side.

And the recent signing of Memphis Depay from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven is unlikely to do much for United's homegrown prospects.

However, Dutch boss van Gaal told United's website on Tuesday: "I shall take a lot of youngsters with us to the USA.

"They have the chance to show themselves and then we shall wait and observe how they can develop," added the manager, whose side will play four matches against Club America, San Jose Earthquakes, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in next month's International Champions Cup.

"You get your chances always, especially in pre-season and, when you grab that chance, you have maybe the possibility to join us next season."

United's Under-21s won their league last season but van Gaal said it was more important to produce a limited number of first team players than a successful youth squad.

"A championship for the second team is fantastic but I think one player every year in the first-team as a line-up player is much more important," he said.

Last season, Van Gaal's first at Old Trafford, saw United finish fourth in the Premier League and so enter the qualifying round for the lucrative Champions League.

United's failure to quality for any sort of European football under former manager David Moyes led to the Scot's sacking and his replacement at Old Trafford by van Gaal.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.