Kluivert: Van Gaal repeating his Barcelona work at Manchester United

Dutch legend Patrick Kluivert isn’t surprised seeing Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal back the club’s kids.

His embrace of the club’s young players has seen the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson all make their impact.

Kluivert told the Sunday World: “He loves to give young players a chance and I am an example of that,” states the former striker who became a worldwide star when he scored the winning goal for Van Gaal’s Ajax side in the 1995 Champions League final when he was just 18.

“You look at what Barcelona do now and much of the foundations were put in place by Van Gaal.

“The short, quick passing was what we did when I worked with him there.”

“The guidelines for the team are very similar, with some world class players making it happen.

“Also, look at the structure Van Gaal put in place at Barcelona. Every team played the same way, from the youth team to the first team.

“This means when you come through the club and make it to the first team, you know what to do. It is not such a big leap.”

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