Louis van Gaal tells Manchester United staff to quit England

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Louis van Gaal has told Manchester United fitness coach Tony Strudwick and masseur Rod Thornley to quit their current roles with England.

The Daily Express believe that the pair will be present for England's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia next week but will then stand down from duties with the national team.

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Manchester United's new manager is keen to get his entire coaching staff fully focused on club matters and don't want distractions from other roles affecting their performance. Van Gaal's demand comes after his squad were hit with a plethora of first team injuries in the first few games of the season.

His start to life in the Premier League has been far from impressive thus far. Manchester United sit seventh in the table after suffering shock defeats to Swansea City and Leicester City, but have also shown their potential against the likes of QPR.

FA plea

The Football Association are planning to hold talks with Manchester United officials after the international break in an attempt to find a compromise that will allow both Strudwick and Thornley to remain in the England set up. However, the report suggests that Van Gaal has already made up his mind on the matter and will not be convinced otherwise.

Strudwick has only been involved with England for a short time. Roy Hodgson invited him to become a coach before the World Cup. Thornley, however, has been involved with the Three Lions for years after originally being brought in after a sterling recommendation from then-captain David Beckham.

Carrington set up

Manchester United confirmed Strudwick had accepted an offer to become the head of Manchester United's athletic development at the start of the new season. Along with Paul McGuinness, Strudwick is working with academy players through to the first team.

Strudwick told reporters recently: "I am thoroughly enjoying this new role.

"With increased importance on developing players for the future, the athletic component becomes critical in their advancement and to have the chance to work with the younger players, who are in the early stages of their career, as well as the first team, will give a continuity of progression which is critical to their future success."

England set up

Hodgson will loath losing the experienced hands but still benefits from a choice of top class physios, coaches and medical staff. Gary Lewin is preparing to return to his role as head physio after breaking his ankle at the World Cup. Manchester City's Carlo Sertori is also happy to continue doubling up for club and country.

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