Van Gaal seeks youth players to start in defense vs. West Ham

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Manchester United has emerged onto the Premier League scene this season with expensive signings in hopes of turning their luck around from last year.

Unfortunately for them, positive outcomes haven’t arrived lately, taking into account their low standing in the Premier League table and their most recent 5-3 loss, a come-from-behind collapse against BPL newboys Leicester City. And the man who’s received a great deal of criticism has been manager Louis van Gaal, with pundits and fans often questioning his tactics and squad outlook.

Today, Van Gaal verified the rumors that 21-year-old Tom Thorpe and 19-year-old Paddy McNair, both notables in United’s Under-21 youth team, will be included in the English side’s match vs. West Ham on Saturday. The Red Devils boss noted that a slew of injuries in the central defense has prompted his decision to call up the youngsters.

“They are in the squad. That is always why we have a youth education,” he said, via The Guardian. “It was also our policy [to utilize the youth squads] and always the policy of the club too. The amount of injuries is worrying me and they are not coming back.

“Smalling is already, for the third time, injured. Evans also. Jones had one injury in the national team, which was unfortunate.”

The Red Devils boss noted that a slew of injuries in the central defense has prompted his decision to call up the youngsters. He also hinted that either Thorpe or McNair could appear over $22.7 million man Daley Blind.

“I don’t like having too many left-sided defenders or left-footed players in defense,” he remarked. “I think always of balance so [instead] I have to pick up a right-sided central defender from the youth education. Normally, I am always doing things like that. I have already said that we have a lot of vacancies when you buy only six players and let 14 players go.”