Louis van Gaal breaks season record for Manchester United debutants

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Louis van Gaal handed first Manchester United appearances to Luke Shaw, Paddy McNair and Tom Thorpe during Saturday's 2-1 victory over West Ham, and in doing so broke a club record that hasn't been beaten for more than 80 years.

The Daily Star reports that the Red Devils boss has used a total of 13 new players in the first-team in 2014/15, the highest number of debutants to feature for the club in the Premier League era, and since 17 different stars made their senior bows way back in 1933/34.

Van Gaal's £150 million spend during the summer transfer window saw six big-money signings join the ranks at Old Trafford, paving way for the Dutch coach to usher in a new era on the red side of Manchester.

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New era

Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind, Radamel Falcao and the aforementioned Shaw have now all featured for their new employers, joining existing players like Tyler Blackett, Reece James, Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Saidy Janko in appearing for the club this season.

The changing of the guard represents a significant step forward for the future of Manchester United, as Van Gaal has been tasked with bringing success back to the club in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson epoch.

Van Gaal has made no secret of his desire to give youth a chance at Old Trafford this season, and after a number of first-team regulars suffered injuries he's been forced to dip into the development sides for reinforcements to cover for the absence of players.

Faith in youth

McNair was the latest beneficiary of the Dutchman's policy, making his full debut at centre-back alongside Rojo, with Shaw coming in at left-back where the World Cup finalist had previously been deployed.

Thorpe, meanwhile, was introduced in the final stages to take the debutant tally to 13 for the campaign, with more new faces likely to follow if, as expected, Manchester United recruit again when the transfer window reopens in January.

After a difficult start to the season Manchester United are already facing a tough task challenging for the top four places, which is the minimum requirement for Van Gaal, getting the club back in the Champions League next term.

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