Ex United star reveals why Van Gaal doesn’t need too many new faces

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Nicky Butt believes Louis van Gaal can help United bounce back, with a little help from the club academy.

Manchester United and their new boss Louis van Gaal have already been making moves in the transfer market this summer.

The Red Devils have brought in Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and Southampton fullback Luke Shaw, both for big money, and continue to get linked with new players every day.

But former United man Nicky Butt has hinted that Van Gaal may be pleasantly surprised by the players he already has at the club once he finally arrives at Old Trafford after the World Cup.

Addressing the side's poor form last season, Butt assured fans that a loss of confidence was more to blame than a lack of quality.

"Team's don't become bad overnight," said the former England man. "People lost confidence in themselves, in their teammates, the fans lost confidence in the players.

"The most important thing for a club like Manchester United is how you bounce back, and they've always done that really well and hopefully they'll do that again this year.

Butt also stated his belief that the new United manager will be able to make use of the club's young players: "By all accounts he [Van Gaal] gives young players chances, and the ones that towards the end of last year showed what they can do at the highest level, the likes of [James] Wilson, [Tom] Lawrence, [Jesse] Lingard, these are good footballers.

"There's more behind these three as well. If they can get a chance to show what they can do then great."

Butt knows better than most the advantages of a manager putting faith in a club's promising youth teams, having himself famously featured in 'Fergies' Fledglings' - a group of players that would set United into an unprecedented period of success in the English top flight.

He had been working with United's youngsters earlier on in the season, before being asked to help with the first team by caretaker manager/now assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who of course, was the jewel of Fergie's youngsters.

Whether the young players Butt mentioned can replicate the impressive group he emerged from, it is likely only time will tell.

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