Van Gaal quashes plans for Manchester United mid-week matches

Published Add your comment

Football News

Louis van Gaal has thrown Manchester United plans to hold friendlies in place of European fixtures during the first ten weeks of the season into disarray, by quashing the idea altogether.

According to the Daily Express the club had decided that they wanted to play friendlies whilst their rivals are participating in the Champions League, but Van Gaal has told how he wants to use the opening three months of the campaign to ensure that all members of his team are comfortable using the system he is implementing.

The Dutchman has set about ringing the changes since his Old Trafford appointment, and has made it clear in the past that it’s very much a case of ‘my way or the highway’ when it comes to decisions which might unsettle those above him. However given the fact that the club are keen to build harmony on the back of last season’s disaster, it’s unlikely Van Gaal will have to argue his case when it comes to this specific point. Put plainly, he’s going to get his way.

Van Gaal’s words

"I need a period of at least 10 weeks to get this team to play the way I want to,” the 62-year-old said.

"Only after that will matters be different and we will see if there is an opportunity to play a couple of matches abroad.

"I've spoken to the club's management about friendlies in the coming season.

"The opponents need to be of a high level as they have been over the past few weeks in the United States.

"The first 10 weeks from Monday to Friday I would just like to train."

Related articles

Louis van Gaal to axe Manchester United stars after US tour
Louis van Gaal insists he is too good for Tottenham Hotspur
Louis van Gaal wants 3-4-3 formation at Manchester United

Van Gaal’s United

It’s been so far so good for United under Van Gaal, having maintained a 100% record during their pre-season tour of the US. Opponents such as LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid have fallen by the wayside in their attempts to knock the Dutchman’s train of momentum off of its tracks, and Red Devils fans are rightly beginning to look to the new season with excitement rather than foreboding.

And, whilst the majority are hesitant to get their hopes to high, it must be said that the team looks completely different under Van Gaal. The 3-4-3 formation seems to have been ushered in without too much crossover from the tactics David Moyes employed, and key figures that went missing all too often last term are steadily enjoying a resurgence.

European fixtures taking their toll?

Much has been made over the fact that United won’t be playing in Europe this coming season, and subsequently whether or not it will aid their chances of recapturing the Premier League title they so feebly surrendered to rivals Manchester City last year.

Liverpool exceeded expectations during their gallant run to a second-placed finish during the 2013/14 campaign, with many speculating that it was their omission from European football - and therefore suffering from no ‘hangover effect’ - which gave them the advantage.

Should United begin to play friendlies when others are competing in mid-week games in the Champions League that would surely negate any such boost they may have, and Van Gaal has made it abundantly clear that it’s not something he’s willing to play along with - at least not until his side is playing at a level deemed acceptable by him.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League
Manchester United

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again