Manchester United are close to finalising a two-week pre-season tour of the United States after Louis van Gaal succeeded in his battle for a less demanding trip, according to the Telegraph’s Mark Ogden.
Van Gaal was unhappy with last summer’s five-game tour of the States as it placed a number of exertions on his players ahead of the new season.
As a result, the Dutchman has overseen all the preparations ahead of this summer’s trip.
Van Gaal has insisted that United play on the west coast of the States as the eastern side is far more unpredictable in terms of weather and humidity.
The team are committed to three games during the tour, with the potential of a fourth as long as United return to England a week before the Premier League season starts.
Meanwhile, United will look to take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities of the Seattle Seahawks by basing themselves in the city.
American fans will be disappointed with the news but it is a necessity as far as the team are concerned. Van Gaal’s side made a slow start to the current campaign after a gruelling tour coupled with a World Cup. These plans should prevent that happening again.
United’s corporate responsibilities mean a big pre-season tour is unavoidable but van Gaal is making sure it suits him and his plans as much as possible which should, in theory, help the players for when the season starts.