Van Gaal was unable to have much of a say on his side’s America tour last summer due to his involvement with Holland in the World Cup.
But the United manager has made certain there will not be a repeat of the travelling ahead of the new season and Irwin told manutd.com the squad will be under less strain as a result.Embed from Getty Images
“Last year he came in late because of how well the Dutch team did at the World Cup, so it wasn’t his tour in terms of preparation.
“This time he’s been able to organise it himself, organise the distances we travel, where we stay, where we train and also organise having the matches four days apart.”
Irwin feels Van Gaal’s preparation is spot on and that the players will ready to come up against some tough opposition.
“His preparation is unique because of the amount of detail there is to it. He’ll be looking forward to it and the way the games are with Barcelona and PSG as the final two means it’ll get tougher as the tour goes on, but the players’ fitness will also improve so the set-up will be exactly how the manager wants it.”Embed from Getty Images
United faced five opponents in their last preseason, with games spaced closer together. A hectic 11 day period saw them play five games against LA Galaxy, Roma, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Liverpool between July 24 and August 5, whereas this summer they play four sides across 12 days.
Will a less hectic preseason help Manchester United ahead of their 2015/16 campaign?