Louis van Gaal clashes with Manchester United chiefs after BANNING exhausting pre-season tour - Mirror Online
Louis van Gaal has clashed with Manchester United’s money men by BANNING the club from lining up an exhausting pre-season tour, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People.
And the Old Trafford boss is on the brink of a spectacular victory by insisting that the traditional summer tour is done HIS way.
Van Gaal will take his stars to the USA in July but they will play three games on one coast only – not on both coasts like last year.
The United boss has told the Glazer family, who own United, that he wants a major tilt at winning the Premier League title next season and needs to cut back on the summer itinerary.
Van Gaal was horrified at the number of games and coast-to-coast travelling that United’s stars had to endure when he took over last year.
The details of this year’s tour have been thrashed out in the last few weeks and the final draft is on Van Gaal’s desk waiting to be signed off.
United’s money men want an extensive cash-spinning tour, with some games worth up to £2million from receipts and TV rights.
United played in front of the biggest ever football crowd in the US – 109,318 – last August when they beat Real Madrid 3-1 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
But Van Gaal vowed that while he is manager he won’t allow his players to be subjected to an excessive number of pre-season games.
United played five matches in just 12 days against LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool on both coasts of America in 2014.
And after beating Liverpool in the International Cup in Miami, United returned to England to play Valencia in an Old Trafford friendly – making it a staggering six games in 19 days.