The Daily Mail has suggested that new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal may have already corrected one of the main criticism of former boss David Moyes,
United are training ahead of their first pre-season game against LA Galaxy and the national newspaper suggests LvG has created a fun and enjoyable training environment.
“Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United players were in high spirits during the first training session of their US tour, as the Dutchman laughed and joked with Wayne Rooney while new signings Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera got to know their new team-mates,” writes David Kent.
There were stories last season that some key United players were not happy with the training methods and processes used by Moyes, which led to rumours that key members of the dressing room were unhappy.
Robin van Persie was thought to be unhappy with Moyes’ training process last season because he felt it left United’s key players more vulnerable to picking up needless injuries in preparation for key games.
Ryan Giggs was also linked with a bust up with Moyes over his training methods at Carrington.
The root of that reported discontent with Giggs was in relation to the way Moyes liked to take a hands on approach to training, often taking part in sessions rather than taking a more background approach similar to Sir Alex Ferguson.
LvG is similar to Fergie in the respect that he doesn’t get involved in training, intervening only when he sees a problem rather than taking part in the sessions himself.
Van Persie also has experience of van Gaal’s training sessions due to his involvement with the Netherlands national team and there have been no stories of unrest over the training methods the Dutch used during the World Cup.
If LvG can maintain an enjoyable training environment at United throughout the season, the benefits should definitely be seen on the pitch.