The Manchester United manager was widely expected to dip his hands into the club's deep pockets to shore up a crumbling back line. But Van Gaal does not want to sign a player that will inevitably become a squad player and block the promising youngsters' chance to impress.
However, in the event that top transfer target Mats Hummels becomes available, Van Gaal will indeed splash the required cash to bring him to Old Trafford. With Borussia Dortmund struggling in the Bundesliga and Hummels the current captain of the team, a January exit from Sigunda Park looks less than likely.
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It is great news for both Blackett and McNair, both of whom have made their first team debuts this season. While Manchester United's defensive record is far from impressive, the two teenagers have impressed Van Gaal, enough to convince him not to move for any of his reported targets.
The likes of Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar or Porto's Bruno Martins Indi have both been linked with a move to Manchester United in recent weeks. But both would arrive on long-term contracts, only to be replaced by a more experienced and expensive defender in the summer.
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Boost for youngsters
Not only that but Van Gaal is determined to fast-track Blackett and McNair into the first team, knowing full well that they could end up being the future defensive pairing of the future at Old Trafford.
It is great show of restraint from the former Netherlands coach, who still has a substantial amount of money available to him despite an impressive summer spending spree. Van Gaal spent £150 million on new players in the last transfer window, breaking the British transfer record for Angel di Maria as well as sealing highly coveted striker Radamel Falcao on loan from AS Monaco.
Now Van Gaal has a taste for big name signings, he does not want anything other than that for his defence. Hummels would represent a significant purchase and could end up costing the club £32 million. That would equal the price Manchester City paid to sign Eliaquim Mangala, the most expensive defender in Premier League history.