Louis van Gaal demands change to Manchester United pre-season tour plans

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has ordered Old Trafford chiefs to change plans for the club's tour of the United States next summer after insisting that the exhausting pre-season schedule undertaken by the squad last year had a negative impact on his side's start to the Premier League campaign.

According to the Sunday People, the Red Devils boss has clashed with senior officials over his demands to ditch the traditional trip in order to improve their chances of winning the domestic title in 2015/16.

The Dutchman was horrified at the number of games and coast-to-coast travelling his players had to endure upon his arrival at the club after the World Cup in July, and he wants to avoid a repeat of that gruelling itinerary when Manchester United return to North America later this year.

Van Gaal's side played five games - against LA Galaxy, AS Roma, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool - in the space of just 12 days last summer as part of a cash-spinning tour, but the club's money men are unlikely to get their way again after the manager's latest ultimatum.

Some games are understood to be worth up to £2 million in revenue from gate receipts and TV rights alone - as well as all the additional exposure - so the revised plans will mean Manchester United are at risk of losing out on a significant amount of extra income.

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Van Gaal wants his team to take part in no more than three games on the same coast, as opposed to the rigorous schedule that took in all parts of the country last year.

Final details of the 2015 tour are understood to have been thrashed out in the past few weeks, and the final draft is currently sat on the Manchester United manager's desk waiting to be signed off.

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