Louis Van Gaal unhappy with China partnership – Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has expressed his displeasure over the club’s upcoming trip to China.
The Red Devils will be flying to China in July to participate in the International Champions Cup, where they will play games against Borrusia Dortmund and local rivals Manchester City.
“I was involved in every step of the planning, the club wanted to go for a fortnight but I got it down to eight days, which is more like six days,” he said.
“I have played as a player in a tournament in Shanghai and we could not train. It is only because of the commercial reasons that we are going. I know a club like Manchester United must do that, but it is not a very good preparation, because we will have a lot of players involved in the European Championships who will be tired.”
“I shall try to do some training but the humidity is so high that when I was there we could only do it at seven in the morning or nine in the evening,” Van Gaal said.
“Having said that, when I was with Sparta Rotterdam we won the tournament. Then we went home and won the next six league matches. The training was no use, but it seemed to work from a team-building point of view.”
Manchester United meanwhile will be hoping to finish the current campaign on a high note, and will need Manchester City to slip up if they are to play Champions League football next season.