Manchester United striker Robin van Persie today revealed that Louis van Gaal has asked players to be vocal during team meeting on tactics and pre-match preparation, very much a Dutch way of thinking that he feels can only benefit the Red Devils in the long-term.
Van Persie is all too aware of Van Gaal's attention to detail, but his philosophy may have taken other senior Man United stars by surprise when they arrived at Carrington for pre-season training this summer.
The £250,000-a-week star is quoted by the Independent as sharing that Van Gaal likes his players to stamp some kind of personal authority during talks about best for United to move forward, while also insisting that training sessions have been very demanding but productive over the last few weeks.
Van Gaal wants pro-active attitude at Carrington
United trotted out the clinical forward for the launch of technology partner Abengoa, where he disclosed: "It's very demanding in a good way as you have to be focused every single day of the sessions or the meeting.
"He wants players to get involved in the meeting too. You have to give your own input, which is what the staff likes. That's a bit of the Dutch thing. Everybody gets involved in the project.
"We are all working on it. Everyone has their own say, which is maybe new for some players but not for me as I know how he works."
"I think it's very interesting and very good because we are all pulling on the same rope - as the Dutch say. We all have one target, which is to win and win as much as we can.
"If I look at what I have seen in training and on the pitch in games, I can see that it is getting much better."
Plenty of pressure on Van Persie
In terms of his own form Van Persie definitely has plenty of room for improvement, with a somewhat underwhelming start to the campaign perhaps understandable given his efforts at the World Cup for the Netherlands.
The 31-year-old has two goals in five Premier League games so far this term, but with Wayne Rooney banned for the next three matches the Red Devils need more both the Dutch star and Radamel Falcao to step up and deliver.
Sunday's Premier League clash with Everton will be the perfect opportunity for United to record back-to-back wins and show Van Gaal's methods are slowly producing an improvement at the Theatre of Dreams.
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