• Denis Iriwn has praised Louis van Gaal for organising pre-season tour
  • Van Gaal was not happy with the scheduling of last season’s US tour
  • Man United will face the likes of PSG and Barcelona in the States 

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Denis Irwin believes his former side will benefit from Louis van Gaal’s decision to organise Manchester United’s US pre-season tour.

Van Gaal was unable to have a real say on United’s hectic tour of America ahead of the 2014-15 campaign due to his commitments with Holland at the World Cup.

However Van Gaal has ensured this summer’s tour of North America involves less travelling ahead of the new season and Irwin insists that can only help United’s first team stars.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has decided to organise his side's pre-season tour of America 

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has decided to organise his side’s pre-season tour of America 

Former Man United left back Denis Irwin believes Van Gaal's side will reap the rewards from his planning

Former Man United left back Denis Irwin believes Van Gaal’s side will reap the rewards from his planning

UNITED’S 2015 US TOUR FIXTURES

vs Club America – July 17

vs San Jose Earthquakes – July 21

vs Barcelona – July 25

vs PSG – July 29

UNITED’S 2014 US TOUR FIXTURES 

vs LA Galaxy – July 24

vs Roma – July 26

vs Inter Milan – July 30 

vs Real Madrid – August 2

vs Liverpool – August 5

Irwin, speaking to Manchester United’s official website, said: ‘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. 

‘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 for the most part.’

Manchester United won the International Champions Cup after beating rivals Liverpool in the final

Manchester United won the International Champions Cup after beating rivals Liverpool in the final

 


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