Man Utd to make youngsters available for U-21 tournament

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said that he would be happy to make his young English players available for next summer’s European U-21 Championships, the Independent is reporting.

While Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Everton’s Roberto Martinez have revealed that they are reluctant to allow their players to head to the Czech Republic in June, van Gaal believes that the competition will provide the chance for some members of his squad to gain valuable experience.

Phil Jones, Will Keane and Luke Shaw will all be eligible for the England U-21 side as they look to improve on their disappointing showing at the finals in 2013, having qualified thanks to a 4-2 aggregate victory over Croatia in their play-off.

When asked if he was willing to allow the trio to be picked by England U-21 boss Gareth Southgate, former Netherlands coach van Gaal said: “It is a very good education and an experience not many players can have. As the trainer-coach of this club, I should be very happy that Shaw is playing with the Under-21s.

“I am very happy he is playing because when he is on the bench, like Januzaj was on the bench, he was on a two-week holiday. That is not a benefit.”

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