Louis van Gaal explains substitution during Man United v West Brom
Louis van Gaal explains his decision to bring on Cameron Borthwick-Jackson during Manchester United's win over West Brom
Louis van Gaal insisted that he had no fear about sending Cameron Borthwick-Jackson on for his senior Manchester United debut during Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
The 18-year-old defender was brought on for Marcos Rojo in the 77th minute at Old Trafford after the Argentina international picked up a booking during the Premier League clash.
Borthwick-Jackson became the eighth graduate from United’s youth academy to make his first senior appearance for the club during Van Gaal’s reign as manager.
And the Dutchman explained his thinking behind his decision when speaking to MUTV after Saturday’s win.
Van Gaal said: “I have seen him once or twice and I have been impressed by him.
“Yesterday, I knew that Marouane Fellaini was injured, so I talked with [Under-21s coach] Warren Joyce and asked what he had for me.
“I’m always taking with him or [Under-18s coach] Paul McGuinness, and he [Joyce] said at the moment the left full-back is in good shape.
“I needed a left full-back because Marcos Rojo had played a few games in a row, so I have to take into account that it might be too much.
“I put Cameron in the line-up without any fear, and I have to say he did very well.”
United took the lead through Jesse Lingard early in the second half at Old Trafford, before Juan Mata converted his penalty to make the points secure late on.
The result left the Red Devils in fourth place in the Premier League table and one point behind leaders Manchester City, who face Aston Villa on Sunday.