Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

LVG Had to Play the Youngsters - Rene

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

LVG Had to Play the Youngsters - Rene

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UNITED manager Louis van Gaal has been 'forced' to play the club's youngsters, according to the Reds' former first-team coach Rene Meulensteen.

Fourteen academy graduates have made their senior debuts under Van Gaal and local lads Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford could all start tomorrow's FA Cup final.

However Meulensteen, who worked with United's youngsters during his time as the club's skills development coach before he was promoted to the first team, believes it is mythical that Van Gaal has promoted youth.

He said: "Louis Van Gaal obviously had quite a bit of money to spend but with injuries, his hand has been forced to play a lot of young players through the academy.

"A lot of people are getting carried away with it but if you really look how many have established themselves you can only say that Marcus Rashford has made his mark in the first-team. …

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