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Van Gaal makes his mark at United

ESPN staff
July 8, 2014
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Louis van Gaal may still be with the Netherlands squad in Brazil but he is already making his mark as Manchester United's new manager as the club prepare for the new Premier League season.

United players who represented England at the World Cup this summer are expected to have their summer breaks cut short and an evening training session has reportedly been introduced as the new regime gets into its stride.

The likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and new signing Luke Shaw all expected to be on the flight to California next week, ahead of the United's tour of the United States.

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While players in the past have enjoyed a month's break after major tournaments, the Daily Mail reports United are only contractually obliged to give their players a three-week break in the summer and Van Gaal is keen for United's England contingent to be present when he officially takes over.

Having steered his side to the semi-finals, the Dutchman, hailed as a "magic" by Arjen Robben, will remain in South America until July 12 or 13 at the very least, with his country facing Argentina on Wednesday for a place in the final.

Van Gaal's success in Brazil will likely mean a whirlwind start to life in his new job as United are keen on unveiling him as David Moyes' successor before the club's planned tour on July 17.

However, his presence is already being felt at the club as some United players, including new £29 million signing Ander Herrera, have already endured demanding starts to their pre-season preparations.

Players were reportedly told they would be put through their paces on Tuesday with a double training session; getting the choice to rest at home or at the Carrington training ground after an initial session before returning for a second stint at around 5.30pm.

Those not involved at the World Cup reported back on Monday when assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who is in charge until Van Gaal officially takes over, was first to arrive. New assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg was also present as United embark on a new era.

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