Manchester United use bat expert in bid for training ground floodlights

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has called in a bat expert to help with their bid to secure floodlights at the Carrington training ground.

Van Gaal is eager to shine some light on the Aon-sponsored complex, and the Red Devils have already submitted planning permission to the local council.

Greater use

"The benefit of the floodlighting is that it will allow for greater use of the training pitches, particularly during the winter months," Manchester United proposed in documents seen by the Daily Mail.

"This is essential in enabling the football club to compete with other clubs, both at domestic and international levels. The floodlighting will enhance the usability and function of the training centre, further helping to maintain its world class status."

One thing that could scupper the application is the impact floodlights might have on the local bat community - an animal protected by UK law.

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Should the council decide that the proposal is damaging to the three different species of bat in the local area, then it is likely to be rejected. That's why the club have brought in specialist help to try and avoid such a scenario.

The paper report claims it is Van Gaal who has ordered the addition of floodlights. And, whilst it seems like quite a logical idea, the whole situation with the bats just adds further to the seemingly farcical goings on at Old Trafford.

That dossier

After being accused of playing a long-ball game against West Ham, the Dutchman presented a dossier to the media to the contrary. The club's press officer didn't seem particularly impressed.

And, perhaps more importantly, Van Gaal's formation and style of play is yet to win over all the Manchester United fans - a point proved by some boos and jeers during the 3-1 win against Burnley in midweek.

Real progress

For all the bad press, the Red Devils are now third in the Premier League table and could well return to the Champions League next season. That's real progress following the disappointment under David Moyes last season.

If the addition of floodlights could potentially give Manchester United an edge against their rivals, then supporters should be fully behind it. Van Gaal has proven himself to be a master of the little things in the past, and this could reap rewards in future years.

So what do you think, Manchester United fans? Would it be good to have floodlights at the training ground or another piece of Van Gaal madness?

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