Manchester United’s leading Dutch star, Robin van Persie, has warned his club team-mates that the regime under new boss Louis van Gaal will push them to their very limits, claiming that the 62-year-old’s methods in training are “intense.”
The Mail relays quotes from the United striker which detail how Van Gaal’s way of doing things differ from many others in the way that he accepts nothing less than maximum effort every time a player steps onto the pitch to train. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has been drafted in to repair the damage wrought by David Moyes’ ill-fated reign, and reportedly has up to £200million to spend on revamping the squad.
However, whilst many are focusing on the veteran manager’s potential dealings in this summer’s transfer market, Van Persie wished only to serve up a stark selection of advice to the players who will be under Van Gaal’s tutelage from now on. The Holland international will be the new United boss’ captain at the World Cup next month, and is said to have a special working relationship with him.
“Every training session is very intense. He is on our backs every minute. There is no space to relax, he demands full focus,” Van Persie told the Sun.
“We work very hard for a maximum 1.15 hour, never longer. But these 75 minutes are enormously intense.”
Following Van Gaal’s appointment it’s expected that a number of first-team players will fight to convince him that they belong at Old Trafford. With a host of stars heavily linked with the exit door it remains to be seen who will survive the inevitable cull to come.