Why Did Manchester United Play With a Youthful Side?
In Louis Van Gaal‘s first competitive home game in charge of Manchester United in the Premier League, the Dutch tactician picked a youthful side to play Swansea FC. With players on Manchester United bench who had high price tags, the coach decided to go with Jesse Lingard and Tyler Blackett with a host of other youngsters on the bench. Manchester United was missing one or two players through injury, but it was not enough to account for the amount of youth players brought in on the match day.
It is clear that after Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra left the club and Rio Ferdinand retired, that Manchester United would need some reinforcements. Manchester United literally has no defense now. Van Gaal may be a great coach, but it is clearly evident that he needs some players. Can we go as far as to say it is the reason why he is playing that 3-5-2 formation?
Van Gaal recently stated that he needs new players, but if Manchester United is to challenge for the title, the team should really work on getting them. The season has already started and if you are losing games because of a lack of players, then that is an issue you should take to the board. Without a doubt everyone knows the class of Van Gaal as a coach and Manchester United as a team, but additions need to be made, and very soon.
I would not go as far as to discredit the ability of the youth at Manchester United as they are some of the best in the country, but throwing them in the deep end might not be a good idea at the moment. A good side is made up of experience and youth and if there is an imbalance, then everything kind of crashes.
Swansea played an excellent game and it was clear that they had more experience than some of the players on the United side. Regardless, knowing the strength of Manchester United, that might be their only loss for the season as they make a few more additions and finally steady their boat.