Louis van Gaal's pre-season plan impresses Denis Irwin.

Former Manchester United left back Denis Irwin says he is looking forward to Louis van Gaal's pre-season tour with the Reds, as he expects the Dutchman to put his stamp on his team this summer.

Van Gaal who was appointed as boss last summer had a busy schedule, after taking Netherlands to the World Cup before starting his reign as United manager.

However, United legend Irwin expects a detailed preparation before the 2015-16 season kicks off.

“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,” Irwin told ManUtd.com.

"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."

“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.

“I’ve been impressed by his organisation and preparation for games throughout his first season – I’ve been impressed by a lot of things really and we’ve progressively got better. During the first couple of months of the season the results and performances weren’t anything to write home about but in the final part of the campaign we’ve had some good results, bar some of the recent ones against Chelsea and Everton for example.

“Our home form has been excellent,” he added. “The away form probably needs to be improved for next season but I certainly think we are on the right track and we’ve got the right manager to carry us forward and challenge next season. This summer will be his first real opportunity in the off-season to get his own players in and I’m sure he’s working hard on that now.”


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