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Louis Van Gaal era kicks off in Manchester

Manchester United's new manager Louis van Gaal, left, poses for pictures with former player Bobby Charlton before a press conference at Old Trafford (Source: AP) Manchester United's new manager Louis van Gaal, left, poses for pictures with former player Bobby Charlton before a press conference at Old Trafford (Source: AP)
Reuters | Manchester | Posted: July 18, 2014 12:44 am | Updated: July 18, 2014 10:30 am

Manchester United players have already had a taste of Louis van Gaal’s methods after the new manager, who is officially unveiled in the role on Thursday, ordered double training sessions just two days into the pre-season.

Van Gaal, smiling and looking relaxed after arriving from his stint as Netherlands manager at the World Cup, was given a tour of the Carrington training facility by his new assistants, recently-retired United star Ryan Giggs, and Albert Stuivenberg.

The Dutchman introduced himself to the players individually but it is understood that he is waiting for the return of those  enjoying post-World Cup breaks, including striker Wayne Rooney, before he addresses the squad as a whole.

In Brazil, where he guided the Dutch to third place, he said he was aiming to instil the same team unity at Old Trafford. “I hope the group in Manchester will become like this one,” he said after the Dutch ended their World Cup campaign with a 3-0 victory over Brazil. “We have to sing from the same hymn sheet.”

Van Gaal, 62, has won titles with Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and AZ Alkmaar, will take charge of a United match for the first time on July 23 against the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Carrick injured

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick could miss the start of forthcoming season after suffering a serious ankle injury, new manager Louis van Gaal said on Thursday.

The 32-year-old England midfielder was seen being driven away early from the club’s training ground on Wednesday and it is now feared his injury could mean he is unavailable for up to 10 weeks.

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