Louis van Gaal demands changes at Manchester United's training ground

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New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has demanded that staff rip up four pitches at the club's Carrington training ground and install floodlights for winter afternoon training, changes that The Sun report will cost £4m to implement.

Van Gaal left United chiefs stunned by deciding he wants the artificial Desso GrassMaster system to replace four pitches that were previously thought to be pristine, technology that is already widely used at Premier League grounds up and down the country but not at Carrington.

United staff will bow to Van Gaal's wishes, which hint that Red Devils stars can look forward to double sessions during the winter thanks to the addition of floodlights to cancel out the afternoon's drawing in later in the year.

The Sun believes making these changes will cost United a surprising £4m, but if it helps to ensure last season's disastrous seventh-place finish is not repeated next term.

Despite his focus being on Holland's preparations for next Friday's World Cup opener against defending champions Spain the new United boss has still found time to begin his Old Trafford revolution with changes he feels are eminently neccesary.

United fans will hope Van Gaal and chief executive Ed Woodward can show a similar decisive streak in the transfer market before the new campaign streak, with defensive additions in particular desperately needed.

Woodward has been charged with making sure there is no repeat of last summer's bungled transfer policy, with the pressure on across the board despite Van Gaal's World Cup commitments to put a squad together capable of delivering an instant return to the Champions League and title contention.

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