–New United boss is implementing a strict new training regime
Manchester United’s stars are being worked harder in training than ever before by new manager Louis van Gaal, club insiders have revealed.
Such is Van Gaal’s ferocious desire to fast track the players he inherited from David Moyes on to the levels he desires that Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Juan Mata and Co are being driven relentlessly by the Dutch coach on a daily basis.
Rooney, Van Persie and new signing Radamel Falcao were among those lifting weights and taking part in numerous training drills ahead of their home clash against Everton on
Chief among Van Gaal’s methods as he tries to bring about fundamental change at Old Trafford are incessant passing drills that see the United players put through endless repetitive routines aimed at honing and developing new instincts.
Van Gaal has spoken of how he wishes his players to think differently and react differently when they are in possession. By putting them through these endless drills, he hopes they will use the ball better and will eventually make better decisions without even seeming to think.
The new United manager has also shown himself to be a lover of double training sessions. Van Gaal asked his squad to train twice-a-day regularly on pre-season tour of America as he sought to change his players’ thoughts and instincts quickly.
That practice has continued to an extent, though, now that the Barclays Premier League season has started and it’s not unusual for players to train late in the morning, rest in the sleep unit that was installed last year at Carrington and then train again in the afternoon.
‘It can seem relentless but the players understand why Louis is doing it,’ said a club source earlier this week.