Van Gaal: Emergence of youngsters alters United’s transfer plans

Date published: Saturday 5th March 2016 3:00

Louis van Gaal: Pressure appears to be lifting at Old Trafford

Louis van Gaal has admitted that the breakthroughs enjoyed by Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Guillermo Varela will affect Manchester United’s transfer policy this summer.

Van Gaal has dismissed claims that that injection of youth has saved his job at Old Trafford, but it certainly looks to be paying dividends, given United head to West Brom on Sunday looking to extend their winning run to a fifth successive match.

Van Gaal’s men need three points to keep the pressure on fourth-placed Manchester City, who head into the weekend with a game in hand but level on points with their rivals.

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It now makes qualifying for the Champions League via the Premier League a genuine possibility, which would no doubt make it easier to attract players to Old Trafford this summer.

Whether Van Gaal is still in charge at that point remains to be seen, but the Dutchman’s suggestion that the club’s young players can use the rest of the campaign to disprove the need for reinforcements should get a positive response.

“Of course, yes,” he said when asked if their emergence could affect his transfer policy. “Also in January that we took the risk for the left-back position that we didn’t buy.

“We needed a left-back and we inquired about a lot of players. Some have said it now.

“It is always the agent that is doing that because it is interesting Man United is inquiring, but we said, ‘Okay, maybe Borthwick-Jackson and Varela can do the job’.

“There was Spanish interest in Varela and we said no because of that.”

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