Louis van Gaal is watching you: Manchester United manager brings in cameras for player surveillance

New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has introduced hi-tech cameras in training to analyse the performances of players.

Video monitoring has been a key part of Van Gaal’s regime since he took the reigns at United last month.

Rather than whinge, the players are embracing their new straight-talking and direct coach said defender Jonny Evans.

“People are saying Manchester United can’t win the league. That is a big motivation for us,” said Evans, who laughed off suggestions the players would struggle to come to terms with Van Gaal’s methods for months.

“We want to be winning as soon as the Swansea game comes on 16 August. We don’t want to be thinking, ‘Right, that’s three months now, we are ready to go’.


“He (Van Gaal) said we would find it hard mentally because he wants us all to push ourselves to the limit.”

Van Gaal said earlier this week that he has struggled for his first three months wherever he has coached in the past.

“After that, [the players] know what I want – how I am as a human being and also a manager, because I am very direct,” said the Dutchman.

“I say things as they are, so you have to adapt to that way of coaching. It’s not so easy.”

Following the World Cup, where Van Gaal steered the Dutch to third place, the 62-year-old has imposed several changes on life at United including demanding his players speak English.

Evans said the use of video analysis was a step up from anything he had seen before.

“I think a lot of teams use it but we are looking into it in quite a lot of detail,” said the Northern Irishman.



“He is saying ‘you should be five yards to the right’, we are able to see things that are happening live on the pitch.

“That kind of scrutiny is new to every single player. The case before was that as long as we got the results everything was fine.”

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