Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed his talented crop of youngsters influenced the club's transfer spending in January.
Recently, several United youngsters have made their competitive debuts and impressed with eye-catching performances. Not least 18-year-old forward Marcus Rashford, who scored twice on both his Champions League and Premier League debut.
And Van Gaal said he risked not bringing anyone else to the club during the winter window because of his faith in the club's academy products.
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Ahead of Sunday's match against West Brom, the United boss announced: "[The young players] want to prove and want to show the World, to the manager, to everybody, that they are the best so they always give spirit to a team.
"That is why we have decided not to invest in January and I have said that already two months ago, but you don't want to believe it. In January we took the risk for the left-back position and we didn't buy."
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Cameron Borthwick-Johnson has made the left-back position is own while Luke Shaw, Marcus Rojo and Ashley Young have been nursing injuries and the 19-year-old was a key reason behind United's decision to not invest in defensive cover.
Van Gaal continued: "We needed a left back and we inquired about a lot of players.
"It is always the agent that is doing that because it is interesting Man United is inquiring, but we said, 'Okay maybe Borthwick-Johnson and [Guillermo] Varela can do the job."
Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick has also been quick to praise his side's emerging youngsters, stating after United's 3-2 victory over Arsenal last week: "I thought Guillermo Varela was terrific at right-back, especially after getting a yellow card against somebody like Alexis Sanchez.
"And I thought Timmy [Fosu-Mensah] did well when he came on at left-back which is not really his position.
Rashford scored twice to guide United to victory against Arsenal. The first of which was assisted by a delightful ball from Varela.
Dutch teenager Timothy Fosu-Mensah also made his debut after replacing the injured Rojo and impressed despite playing out of position at left-back.
The future does indeed look bright at Manchester United with fellow young talents Donald Love and Regan Poole also being touted as future stars.
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