Louis van Gaal makes sweeping changes to life at Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was always going to make sweeping changes at Old Trafford from top to bottom, but the lengths to which he's gone to alter day-to-day life at the club's Carrington training ground are still quite staggering.

Van Gaal has enforced a transformation which sees his United squad regularly take part in two training sessions a day, with homework in the form of individual performance DVD's and dossiers bases around their efforts in those preparations.

The Daily Mail report that United's Dutch tactician is making his Red Devils star go through the same passing drills over the over until they become second nature, part of a long-term vision which will always have room for youngsters to prove their worth.

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45 minute-matches are now commonplace at Carrington

United insiders told the Mail that the first-team squad have been receptive to the hefty new workload, which includes 11 vs. 11 matches in training of 45 minutes just two days before Premier League games.

Van Gaal has taken United staff members by surprise with the intensity he demands in these inter-squad friendlies, particularly so close to competitive action.

The Dutch veteran's contemporaries would probably be too concerned about the potential injury pitfalls to try such a ploy regularly and have shocked some club insiders, but despite what comes close to an injury crisis has not changed his mind over the benefits of this strategy.

Any staff not essential to these games are also told to stay away from the training pitches at Carrington, over fears that important information regarding team selection or shape could be compromised.

McNair and co. have this season to prove their worth

Part of Van Gaal's long-term plan is to keep making room for young academy standouts too, regardless of whether star players are injured or otherwise.

Tyler Blackett and the almost unknown Paddy McNair have both featured in the Premier League already this season, because Van Gaal wants to know if they have enough potential to cut it at the highest level sooner rather than later.

James Wilson and Tom Thorpe could also be surprising beneficiaries of this policy, part of a very quick transformation which the former Bayern Munich boss felt was essential to make sure last season's malaise in standards remained a painful anomaly for a United squad still in transition.

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