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Van Gaal orders evening training session for United players

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London, July 8:

Louis van Gaal might be completely swamped with the Netherlands preparation for their FIFA World Cup semi-final match against Brazil but his uncompromising approach was felt all the way in England when he ordered Manchester United players to take part in an evening session on their second day of pre-season training Tuesday.

Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal

Van Gaal, who will leave the Dutch national team after the World Cup and take over the reigns as manager of Manchester United, also wants England’s United World Cup contingent to be on the team’s flight to California next week as the Old Trafford cub leaves for their US tour.

The new manager is keen for Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw to report for duty 24 days after England’s draw with Costa Rica.

Ryan Giggs was in charge of United’s first pre-season training session. Midfielder Ander Herrera, signed from Athletic Bilbao for 28 million pounds, was joined by the rest of the squad not involved in the World Cup.

(IANS)