Manchester United tour annoys Louis van Gaal

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been critical of the club’s pre-season schedule, with his team required to travel almost 13,500 miles to complete four matches during their tour of the USA.

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Contradictory statement

This is the fourth Manchester United visit to the USA in the last 11 pre-seasons, while they have also been to Australia, Thailand, Japan, China, South Korea and South Africa during this time.

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has expressed the importance of these gruelling overseas schedules in order to maximise the club’s commercial appeal, although may struggle to implement something similar next summer given Van Gaal’s aversion.

The former Netherlands head coach, who lead his country to third place at the World Cup, is far from enamoured his new club’s choice of pre-season destination and is confident there will not be a repeat next year.

Van Gaal unhappy

"The tour was already arranged so I have to adapt - and Manchester United shall do everything to adapt to my rules for good preparation," Van Gaal told reporters.

"The tour was already arranged so I have to adapt - and Manchester United shall do everything to adapt to my rules for good preparation.”

When asked if the club’s next tour will be less arduous in terms of travel, Van Gaal responded: "Yeah, I hope that. And I am very confident that it shall be."

Gruelling schedule

Manchester United begin the Van Gaal era with an encounter against Los Angeles Galaxy in Pasadena on early Thursday morning BST, before facing Roma in the International Champions Cup at Denver’s Sports Authority Field.

Next Saturday they meet with Inter Milan in the same competition in Washington, before finishing USA tour with a glamour tie against Real Madrid at the Michigan Stadium, Detroit.

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New stars set to shine

The game with LA Galaxy offers Manchester United supporters a first opportunity to see two notable new signings, Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, feature for the club on debut.

Herrera, initially wanted by former manager David Moyes, was the first signing of the Van Gaal, joining from Athletic Bilbao, before Shaw was acquired from Southampton for over £30 million - a record deal for a teenager.

Van Gaal is expected to sanction a number of other deals in the coming weeks, with defence a particular concern, and the Dutchman has been told there are funds available for him to break the world transfer record if the right target is identified.

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