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Van Gaal has faith in club's academy


Paddy McNair

Paddy McNair

Paddy McNair

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the club's academy will maintain its production line for the first team.

This season Paddy McNair (19, pictured), Tyler Blackett (20), Tom Thorpe (21), and Jesse Lingard (22) have made Premier League debuts while 19-year-old James Wilson has been given a more prominent role.

Injuries have helped advance the cause of some of those players but Van Gaal is hopeful they will continue their progress and be followed by others.

Near-neighbours City have just opened their multi-million pound training complex and academy in east Manchester in an attempt to produce more home-grown players but Van Gaal is confident United's youth programme will still create future stars.

"It should deliver talents for the first team because the youth education is built for that reason," he said.

"I hope that I can take benefit of it as a manager.

"I think we have shown at Manchester United that we have belief in young talent and we give them also the chance to show themselves in the first team."