Irwin: Van Gaal is doing things his way at Man United this pre-season

The Dutchman has been involved in the planning for Manchester United's pre-season this year.

Manchester United great Denis Irwin has lifted the lid on how Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has sought to avoid the problems of the club's last pre-season, telling the United website that he has been impressed with the Dutchman's unique preparation and scheduling this time around in the US.

Van Gaal was openly critical of United's pre-season preparations last summer, which had been prepared in what was a uncertain time within the Old Trafford hierarchy. David Moyes had been sacked, Ryan Giggs brought in to oversee the playing side of things, and the Dutchman ended up on an extensive tour of the US that he saw as poor preparation for the new season.

He promised last summer that things would be different the next time around, asserting that he would have a hand in organising things, and according to the United fullback Irwin, that has very much been the case.

“Last year he came in late because of how well the Dutch team did at the World Cup so it wasn’t his tour in terms of preparation,” the Republic of Ireland legend told the United website. "This time he’s been able to organise it himself, organise the distances we travel, where we stay, where we train and also organise having the matches four days apart."

“His preparation is unique because of the amount of detail there is to it. He’ll be looking forward to it and the way the games are with Barcelona and PSG as the final two means it’ll get tougher as the tour goes on, but the players’ fitness will also improve so the set-up will be exactly how the manager wants it."

Irwin also went on to say that he felt the United team has gradually improved as the season went on, securing Champions League football after missing out last year.

“I’ve been impressed by his organisation and preparation for games throughout his first season," he added. "I’ve been impressed by a lot of things really and we’ve progressively got better. During the first couple of months of the season the results and performances weren’t anything to write home about but in the final part of the campaign we’ve had some good results for the most part."

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