Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dismissed suggestions that the emergence of teenage striker Marcus Rashford has saved his job at Old Trafford.
Rashford has burst onto the scene with four goals in his first three appearances for the Red Devils, with a brace against Arsenal helping United to a 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the end of February.
The youngster’s eye-catching displays have led some to claim that Van Gaal’s position at the helm would have been in peril if the introduction of Rashford had not made an instant impact.
However, Van Gaal was quick to reject that notion, telling reporters: “[The young players] want to prove and they want to show to 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.
“The policy is to have a small selection and then you can give youngsters a chance.
“Now I have read that Rashford is saving me. No, no, Rashford is thanks to my policy, and the club, of course, [and he] has proved that.
“He is there because of that and the same thing for [Cameron] Borthwick-Jackson, [Guillermo] Varela and a lot of other players.
“But they have to prove it because it is very risky to do that. Youngsters are not consistent, we are talking about consistency.”