Van Gaal urged by Giggs to give United kids a chance before spending spree
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is being privately canvassed by coaches Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt to give the youngsters a run-out in their final Premier League match at Hull City should the club have already secured their Champions League place.
Assistant manager Giggs and academy chief Butt — both local boys who became part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s glory team at United — are keen to champion the emerging talent at United as Van Gaal gets ready to open the chequebook again.
Having spent £150million last summer, the Dutchman last week agreed a £30m deal to sign Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven.
But Giggs and Butt want to see players like James Wilson, Andreas Pereira, Josh Harrop, Joe Rothwell and Andy Kellett given a taste of first-team experience before the end of the season to encourage them that there is still a pathway at the club for homegrown players.
Although injuries forced Van Gaal to pick Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair earlier in the season, opportunities for United’s homegrown players have become harder as the season has progressed.
Wilson has played just 69 minutes of league football in 2015 while Brazilian Pereira has made just one appearance as a substitute despite signing a new deal.
Their lack of first-team opportunities is a growing concern for Giggs, who has been able to put his point to Van Gaal although the Premier League would still want United to field a strong side if the result of the match at the KC Stadium affects the relegation battle.
Giggs said earlier this season: ‘The club will never change. The history is to play exciting football, give youngsters a chance and keep to the traditions.’