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Van Gaal is unhappy with lengthy pre-season tour

David de Gea

Pasadena: Louis van Gaal has called on Manchester United to review their future pre-season tour plans after claiming the exhausting schedule on the current trip to the United States is ‘not very positive for preparation’.

Van Gaal admitted his surprise at the commercial demands of the club during his official unveiling as United manager at Old Trafford last week.

Van Gaal insisted that next summer’s plans must fit his demands after claiming the schedule in the States is affecting his efforts to work with the squad.

“More or less, yes,” Van Gaal said, when asked whether the commercial demands were impinging on his training plans.

“We have to prepare the season and when you have commercial activities and dreadful distances, having to fly a lot and the jet lag, it is not very positive for a good preparation.

“The tour was already arranged and I shall adapt and United will do everything to apply to my rules, but I have said that already.

United have proven to be trend-setters for the lengthy summer tours now undertaken by many leading clubs, with the club travelling globe every pre-season for more than a decade in order to promote their brand.

Last summer, David Moyes struggled to overcome the demands of a three-week trip which saw United visit Thailand, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has won his battle for a summer at home after a month-long trip to the Far East and USA.

With United, who travel to Denver, Washington and Detroit after the game in California, expected to tour the Far East next summer, Van Gaal insisted he will demand a more suitable schedule for his squad.