Louis van Gaal has dangled a carrot of epic proportions in front of the face of Manchester United’s most promising young players.
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LVG, 63, has a reputation of chucking youngsters in whenever he thinks they are ready and ahead of United’s preseason tour to the U.S. this summer their Dutch boss has insinuated that plenty of the Red Devils’ young talent will get the chance to impress him after they won the U-21 Premier League crown last season.
For the second season running United will head to the United States for preseason but this time they will avoid a mammoth travel schedule, which van Gaal was not best pleased about last summer. Ahead of the 2015-16 Premier League campaign United will spend the majority of their trip in the states of Washington and California with games against Barcelona, Club America and the San Jose Earthquakes before facing Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago on their way back to the UK.
As for the youngsters getting a chance to shine, van Gaal has this message for them.
“They have the chance to show themselves and then we shall wait and observe how they can develop,” van Gaal said. “You get your chances always, especially in preseason and, when you grab that chance, you have maybe the possibility to join us next season.”
Which young players is van Gaal talking about?
Andreas Pereira is the most obvious choice as the Brazilian midfielder shone at the U-20 World Cup and has already made his full debut for United’s first team under LVG. Ben Pearson is a player who spent time out on loan at Barnsley last season and at the age of 20 he could benefit a lot from being around the first team setup next season. Two young defenders in Donald Love, a right back, and center back Axel Tuanzebe may also get a chance to shine as United continue to be short of defenders. Love seems more likely to be on the plane to the U.S. as he only has the duo of Rafael and Antonio Valencia in front of him for the right back slot.
As always, most of these youngsters won’t quite make the step up to the first team for next season but a strong showing in preseason is essential as they aim for either a loan move away from United to aid their progression, or to make the big step up to the senior team.