Manchester United boss Van Gaal: I needed left-back – but we stood by Varela, Borthwick-Jackson

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says his small squad approach has given his kids a first team chance.

The manager spoke at Friday’s press conference about the positive effects of younger players getting their opportunity in the first team and how this swayed his decision not to enter the winter transfer market.

“In January we took the risk not to buy a left full-back. We needed one, but we said maybe Borthwick-Jackson and Varela could do the job. There was interest from Spanish clubs for Varela but we said no.

“All the young players are hungry and a colleague of yours (another journalist) used the word ‘desire’ which is a very good word.”

“They want to prove and show to the manager, to everybody, that they are the best. They always give spirit to the team and that’s why we decided not to invest in January.”

“The policy is to have a small selection so you can give youngsters a chance. Thanks to my policy and the club who approved it, Rashford is there and it’s the same with Borthwick-Jackson and Varela.”

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