Louis van Gaal’s training regime has been tough, says Man United star
Jonny Evans discusses Louis van Gaal's tough methods
Jonny Evans says it has been tough for Manchester United’s squad to adapt to Louis van Gaal’s training methods this season.
The Dutchman was appointed as the club’s new manager in the summer before he guided the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil.
The 63-year-old was known for his tough training regimes and discipline during his time as manager of Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
And Evans claims it has taken TIME for him and his teammates to get use to Van Gaal’s style.
“The lads have taken a lot on board. At times it has been tough and it takes time,” Evans told Manchester Evening News.
“We’ve been used to playing a certain way for a number of years then the change happens and he wants us to play a certain way.
“So it does take time for those things to become second nature. But I think you are starting to see that now.
“The fact that the formation has changed a lot has taught the lads an awful lot.
“Coming into games, if we do have any changes in formation, I think is a big plus for us to have.
“Using different formations against different teams can only benefit us in the long run.”
United currently sit third in the Premier League table, ten points behind leaders Chelsea.
Van Gaal’s side had a difficult start to the season, which saw them pick up just five points from their first five league games.
But despite some unconvincing performances across the season so far, the Red Devils have lost just once in their last 13 matches.
And while the change of formations has often made it difficult for the team to adapt, Evans feels Van Gaal has done well with so far with a squad that has changed drastically since last season.
“You can look at the formation changes and the personnel changes as well, plus the fact that there’s a lot of players who haven’t played together before, and the manager is doing fantastically well in getting us organised.
“And as players we’re really benefiting from that.
“The manager has done a lot of work in trying to steady the team and making sure everyone knows their jobs.
“Once we get that nailed on, and everyone knows their defensive jobs, then I think we’ll be able to push on from that and be really entertaining again.”
United travel to Upton Park on Sunday to take on West Ham as they look to maintain their place in the top four and keep up with rivals Manchester City.