10 Changes under Louis van Gaal

He may only have been in the job for a few weeks, but new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has already stamped his authority and made changes…

1) 3-5-2

Van Gaal has employed a new 3-5-2 formation with his United team, a move he states he was forced to make in order to play everyone in their favoured positions. With 5 wins from 5 in pre-season, it has worked wonders so far, can it bring them Premier League success?

2) Filming training sessions

HD cameras have been installed at the Aon Training Complex, meaning van Gaal will be able to watch back and analyse his player’s performances in training.

3) Lunches

The rectangular tables have been replaced with round ones in all of Manchester United’s eating facilities; a move which the Dutchman hopes to encouraging more socialising and conversation to increase team morale.

4) Trees

Trees have been planted at Carrington as van Gaal felt the training space was too open and windy.

5) Training sessions

A training session each side of lunch has been the new approach van Gaal has introduced, and with no European football this year to build up player fatigue, this may continue in order for the players to fulfil the Dutchman’s philosophy. Players can also expect to train alone under a special programme should van Gaal not see that they are up to the standard he expects, something which has already been seen with Luke Shaw in pre-season.

6) Coaches meetings

There’ll be no early nights this year for Ryan Giggs, as van Gaal holds a coaches meeting every night at 10.30pm to discuss player’s performances and looking ahead to the day after.

7) Language

Juan Mata has revealed that van Gaal has instructed everyone they must only communicate in English. Comprende?

8) Desso training pitches

Another part of van Gaal’s intent to improve United’s training facilities has seen two training pitches at Carrington ripped up and replaced with Desso pitches. The new turn is part synthetic and aims to replicate Old Trafford’s surface, costing the club around £800 000 to install.

9) Belief

United fans weren’t pleased last March when David Moyes admitted Liverpool and Manchester City were favourites when they visited Old Trafford, and stated the team needed to play more like their opponents. That won’t happen with van Gaal. ‘The biggest club in the world’ is the phrase he keeps reiterating, and from the confidence the players are showing on and off the pitch, you feel that that belief is getting across.

10) Player Changes

United’s biggest changes under their new manager are yet to come, starting with the Dutchman’s analysis of each player’s performances in pre-season and deciding who he wants and doesn’t want in his squad for the new season. He has said he’ll sit down with each player and discuss how he sees their future. Expect a few Old Trafford departures.



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