The Dutchman was said to be perplexed that his players could not train after dark at the Carrington training ground when he arrived last summer.
As a result, van Gaal demanded that improvements be made including the installation of floodlights.
There was a delay while United persuaded planning bosses that the lights would not disturb the local bat population but they eventually approved the installation on the condition that they were not used between the hours of 9pm and 9am. Poor bats…
United’s planning application read: “The benefit of the floodlighting is that it will allow for greater use of the training pitches, particularly during the winter months.
“This is essential in enabling the football club to compete with other clubs, both at domestic and international levels. The floodlighting will enhance the usability and function of the training centre, further helping to maintain its world class status.”
The episode typifies van Gaal’s meticulous preparation and attention to detail when it comes to managing United.
As well as concerns at home, the 63-year-old has also been busy planning United’s pre-season tour of the United States of America.
The team has taken a while to get used to van Gaal’s demands but it appears to have finally clicked. Coming off the back of a six-game winning streak, United will be more than confident of taking a positive result away from their visit of Chelsea on Saturday night.