When Manchester United allowed Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck to depart the club this summer some people became worried over the future of the club's famed youth system.
But those fears seem to have gone to bed with the likes of Paddy McNair, Tom Thorpe and James Wilson all playing a part in the first-team. Meanwhile Tyler Blackett has established himself as a member of the United first-team.
Now another youngster has been talking about how watching these players come through the system is a real boost for him and other youngsters.
Callum Evans has recently stepped up to the under-21s, despite only turning 19 last month, and has caught the eye with some impressive performances at full-back.
"The new manager has given a lot of opportunities and Tyler [Blackett], for instance, is doing well. As a young player, you just hope for that opportunity. Of course, the first aim is to get into the Under-21 side regularly. It was a good feeling to come off the bench and help change the game against Manchester City in the final. We came away with the victory and I felt part of the team. Of course, you're still part of the team when you're not involved but you don't quite get the same sense of accomplishment."
Evans went on to talk about how proud he is at playing for a club of the stature of Manchester United, after leaving Portsmouth at 14 when their academy folded.
"You just can't really explain the feeling. If anything, it's like a dream. You never think when you are younger that you could be at a club like this. I try not to take it for granted. I'll keep trying my best every day and whatever happens will happen."
With Van Gaal seemingly ready to give youth a chance we may very well see Evans in the first-team picture soon. Judging by these comments, he will be ecstatic if that is the case.