Needing a home win, Van Gaal not afraid to blood Man United youngsters
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says that he has no concerns about potentially throwing more youngsters into his squad for Saturday’s (Sept 27) home game against West Ham United.
A reminder of how bad Man United's injury list is - Van Gaal will be missing Chis Smalling, who suffered a new thigh injury, a suspended Tyler Blackett, Phil Jone and Jonny Evans.
The United manager is set to bring Marcos Rojo into central defence from left-back against West Ham and he could be partnered by either utility player Daley Blind or central midfielder Darren Fletcher.
Youngster Paddy McNair could also be involved in the squad, but Van Gaal has no doubts about pitching the 19-year-old into the team for a one-off game.
Young players have 'hunger to play'
“Young players are always ready. They have hunger to play. Manchester United’s youth education has a certain level that can provide that,” he said.
“It’s a big difference (stepping up to the Premier League), but in one game you can show yourself better than playing regularly.”
He added: “I don’t take risks. You have to be fit, and I always trust younger players.”
They have already lost once at home – a 2-1 defeat by Swansea City on the season’s opening day – and Van Gaal is determined to improve results at Old Trafford.
“It’s very important. It’s a question that you already know the answer to,” he said. “It’s very important to win your home matches. I can’t deny that.”
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