Louis van Gaal is set to start his job as Manchester United manager tomorrow morning and he needs to hit the ground running in his new role.
Van Gaal is under huge pressure already as United need to get back into the Champions League as they strive to keep their sponsors, and fans, happy, bringing some positivity back to Old Trafford.
Here are five decisions van Gaal could make when he walks into his office tomorrow.
Van Gaal is being tipped to implement a strict and disciplined approach to the way Manchester United is run while he’s in charge. Goal.com has reported that he’ll lay down a set of rules, disciplining players if they step out of line over any of them with harsh fines.
Van Gaal will decide on a training strategy which will be difficult because he won’t have all of the players in the squad available. Those who played at the World Cup are likely to have extra time off, but LvG is being tipped to make those present in pre-season undergo double sessions.
Van Gaal has communicated well with United while he was away in Brazil with the Netherlands. He could give United a more accurate picture tomorrow of who he wants the club to sign and can take an active approach to negotiations and talks on a personal level.
Van Gaal could be given an immediate impression over who he wants to sell to create extra squad space and extra funds in the Manchester United squad. There are going to be some high profile exits if certain players don’t give their new manager an immediately good first impression.
Tomorrow will represent the first time that van Gaal has been able to work with current Manchester United staff at Carrington. He’s already brought in his own assistant manager and there could be some very nervous individuals as van Gaal makes decisions over who he wants to keep around and who to let go.