Sir Alex Ferguson on what has pleased him about Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson hails Louis van Gaal for giving academy players the chance to play in the first team.

Sir Alex Ferguson has been singing the praises of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

The Dutchman was appointed as the Red Devils boss in the summer following the completion of his tenure as the Netherlands national team coach.

Van Gaal has signed a number of top-class players for big money, such as Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao, but he has also given United’s academy players the chance to show what they are capable of.

Tyler Blackett, Jesse Lingard, Saidy Janko, Andreas Pereira, Reece James, Paddy McNair and Tom Thorpe all have made their debuts for United this season.

And this is what seems to have pleased Ferguson the most about Van Gaal as he told MUTV: ‘What has pleased me with Louis is he’s given seven young kids their debuts this year and that falls into line with the history of our club.

‘I think the supporters particularly respond very, very well when a young player gets his opportunity. Young people have to be given an opportunity, particularly if they’ve got ability. If you wait too long, they just stagnate and you lose them’.

What Van Gaal has done so far at United is create a squad that includes young players and established stars. Although he has been criticised for selling Danny Welbeck and not for signing a truly world-class centre-back, the 63-year-old has done a pretty good job so far.

Heading into this weekend’s round of matches in the Premier League, United find themselves fourth in the table with 11 points from seven matches - above Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool.

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