Louis van Gaal has ordered his Manchester United players to attend double training sessions on just his second day at the Carrington complex, reports the Daily Star.
The Dutchman tied up his duties with the Netherlands national squad after guiding them to a third place finish in the World Cup. Without taking a holiday, Van Gaal arrived in Manchester on Wednesday to take charge of his first meetings.
Now the manager, who has been charged with the task of resurrecting Manchester United's host of flops after their dismal seventh place finish under David Moyes last season, will concentrate on making his players work hard before the new season starts.
Double training sessions
Manchester United's stars will be told to attend double sessions for the rest of preseason with the aim of getting some them back to peak fitness well before their campaign starts against Swansea on August 16.
That may cause concern amongst the Manchester United ranks. Some players were thought to be unhappy with the heavy workload under Moyes. In contrast, Alex Ferguson spent little time leading sessions, instead leaving that to his staff.
Van Gaal will be more like Moyes in this regard. He will be present on the training ground at all times. However, having won titles with Ajax, Bayern Munich and Barcelona, he is likely to command more respect than his predecessor.
The double training sessions will likely help Van Gaal make quick decisions on some of Manchester United's fringiest of fringe players. The likes of Shinji Kagawa, Darren Fletcher and Javier Hernandez are all under the microscope as Van looks to cut the fat from the beef.
So sources claim that as many as 12 Manchester United stars could be facing the axe if they don't impress. Heads are certainly going to roll, but just how many depends on how the players respond to Van Gaal's demands.
Van Gaal will waltz onto the Carrington training ground with plenty of authority. He has won titles in three different countries with four different teams and impressed with his tactical nouse in Brazil. He won't take no for an answer and tough love will certainly be the order of the day.
In comparison, it seems Moyes allowed players to form mutinies against him, failing to stamp out dressing room cliques as well as challenges to his authority. Van Gaal is probably using these double sessions to show them just who's boss and selling a few established players that may have been too comfortable in the last two season will certainly cause a few to wake up.
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