After only a couple of days in America, new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is not a fan of the club’s pre-season tour schedule.
United play Los Angeles Galaxy in Pasadena on Wednesday, before games in Denver, Washington and Detroit. If United make to the International Champions Cup final in Miami they will have travelled over 13,000 miles this preseason, something that displeases LVG.
“You have to travel distances, you have to fly a lot, you also have jetlag – that is not very positive for a good preparation,” van Gaal said.
“The tour was already arranged so I have to adapt – and Manchester United shall do everything to adapt to my rules for good preparation,” he said.
Asked if he would prefer a shorter tour next year he said: “Yeah, I hope that. And I am very confident that it shall be.”
LVG’s comments put him in direct contradiction withexecutive vice-chairman Ed Woodward who on Monday said that the travel did not disrupt preparation and that United will be coming back to America again soon.
“The Premier League has been very clear in saying America is the number one developing market,” said Woodward on Monday.
“This is a very good country from a potential sponsorship perspective.”