Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MARCUS IS RED RAW! ; RASHFORD'S 'NOT READY' FOR FIRST TEAM, DECLARES LVG [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MARCUS IS RED RAW! ; RASHFORD'S 'NOT READY' FOR FIRST TEAM, DECLARES LVG [City Region]

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LOUIS van Gaal believes he has shown guts by promoting United's youngsters to the senior side - but added Marcus Rashford is not ready for the first-team.

Van Gaal has handed debuts to 14 United academy graduates since he became the club's manager in 2014, with Rashford and Timothy Fosu- Mensah particularly impressing.

When asked whether former Under-18 coach Paul McGuinness and Under-21 coach Warren Joyce deserved credit for readying the youngsters for the senior side, Van Gaal replied: "They are not ready, I'm sorry, also Marcus Rashford is not ready.

"He knows that, he can learn a lot, you need always guts to put youngsters in the squad, but of course the academy and all the academy coaches have the credits for these players, also the scouts who have discovered these boys, they have credits, and I am a little part of it but that part is important because you need the guts to do that. …

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