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Published: 14:18 | 20/3/16

Henry praise for van Gaal over youngsters

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes Louis van Gaal deserves credit for blooding the youngsters at Manchester United.

The Dutchman is likely to be replaced as manager at Old Trafford this summer after two years of underachievement, with United in danger of missing out of a top four spot this season.

Reports in Spain suggest that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has already signed a pre-contract with the Ref Devils to take over next season, but Henry says van Gaal has left any successor with a stable of young players ready to stake a claim for first-team places.

Van Gaal has handed debuts to 14 academy graduates since he took over in 2014, with Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford now established members of the first-team squad.

"If LVG leaves this summer and a new manager takes over, those youngsters might not get the same chances next season," Henry told the Sun on Suinday.

"But they have already shown they are good enough to play at the highest level and United will not want to squander all the time and effort their academy has spent nurturing this talent."

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