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How does Louis van Gaal prepare for Manchester United matches?

The experienced Dutch manager has his chief analyst collate a number of notes on upcoming opponents, before handing them over to Ryan Giggs to turn into a presenation

MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER Louis van Gaal has given an insight into how he prepares his team for their upcoming matches.

The Dutchman, who has won titles in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands in a distinguished career, gave United fans a peek behind the curtain in the matchday programme ahead of yesterday’s clash with Hull City at Old Trafford.

“My formation and strategy for every match is based upon the players I have available and the team we are playing,” he wrote. “We had done our homework on Arsenal, as we do for every game we go into. My staff prepare very thoroughly in the weeks leading up to a match.

“Information on the opposition is gathered so I know everything about them, about the individual players about the substitutes that can come into the game, what the atmosphere in the stadium in like and how they kick the first ball of the match. Everything.

“My analyst, Marcel Bout, goes to the matches of the opposing teams. He gives video clips of the games and his analysis to Ryan Giggs, who then turns all the information into a presentation, which he then runs by me so I can make any changes, if necessary.

“Ryan will then present it to the players. The next day we evaluate our training sessions and we simulate our opponents in those sessions. It is a lot of information for players to take in. However, they are now getting to know what they have to use of that information.

“Each player has their own identity and they are learning now how to process the information that is given to them. Players will take on board different aspects of the data based upon the position they play and the type of player they are.”

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