Louis van Gaal has ordered his top scout to make a 3,700 mile journey to spy on Valencia, who Manchester United are due to meet in friendly, reports The Sunday People.
The Red Devils are still in the midst of an epic pre-season tour of the USA but are still due to play the La Liga outfit upon their return. It will be there last friendly before the start of the Premier League season and Van Gaal is taking it very seriously.
Attention to detail
Van Gaal is famed for his attention to detail and has already stunned Manchester United chiefs with a huge list of demands with regards to the Carrington training ground. Pitches have been resurfaced and state of the art CCTV has been installed.
Now the Dutchman has taken his perfectionism to a new level by sending opposition scout and analyst Marcel Bout from their US training camp to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium where Valencia took on Monaco on Saturday and Benfica of Sunday in the Emirates Cup.
The same report claims the fresh demand has left Manchester United officials 'staggered' but Van Gaal continues to live by the belief that every opponent should be treated with equal sincerity.
An Old Trafford source told The Sunday People: “The manager’s attention to detail is absolutely incredible. He wanted to know all about how Valencia set up even though it’s just a friendly, so he sent Marcel Bout all the way from America back to London.
“His professionalism is astonishing and his influence is already rubbing off on everyone.”