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Football: Van Gaal gives kids chance to shine on Manchester United's US tour

Published on Jul 19, 2014 3:32 PM
 
Louis van Gaal will take a close look at Manchester United's next generation of talent after including several youngsters in his squad for the club's pre-season tour to the United States. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Louis van Gaal will take a close look at Manchester United's next generation of talent after including several youngsters in his squad for the club's pre-season tour to the United States.

Van Gaal is keen to see what United's youth academy has to offer and, with a handful of first-team stars missing the tour as they recover from the World Cup, the Dutchman has opted to pack his 25-man group with raw rookies.

Joining United's new manager on Friday's flight to the States are goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 21, left-back Tyler Blackett, 20, centre-back Michael Keane, 21, defender Reece James, 20, forward Jesse Lingard, 21, and striker Will Keane, 21.

Among the established players travelling are Wayne Rooney, David De Gea and Juan Mata, while van Gaal's two new signings - England left-back Luke Shaw and Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera - are also included.

 
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