Louis Van Gaal may be building a team of galacticos, but he’s giving every player the chance to fight for starting places.
The Man Utd coach said that any player who wanted to start in the team must perform well in training.
“Nobody is walking back in my team, believe me. You have to earn it on the training ground,” he told reporters. “But every player here already knows that. I have always said that just because players have the best name, it doesn’t mean that they are the best for the team.
“I am always looking for a constant level of performance – from the team and from individual players.”
Van Gaal also spoke about the youth team players who have come to provide immense cover for the injured defense.
“Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Phil Jones are great football players, but, believe me, sometimes the other players are doing better,” he added. “It is not only the name. I have seen, for example, a player like McNair. He was outstanding in the first match and you have seen the reaction of the fans to that.
“Of course Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling have not been available. But I am always thinking that youngsters can take the job over. It’s not any problem. We have also good youth players – and we have showed that already with not just McNair but with Blackett and also with Jesse Lingard. Their progress is more quicker than you think.”