Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he's giving his players a crash course on tactics. Van Gaal claimed his major mission at Old Trafford was to train his players' minds rather than their bodies but dismissed suggestions it would be tough to introduce a more technical style of football to the club's English players.
He said: "The important thing is that I am training the players not in the legs, but in their brain. Brainpower. That is important thing. I say things how they are, it is my direct character. But they can do it.
"At Bayern Munich they had always played 4-4-2 and I introduced the system they are playing now and it was a different thing for the players. But they did it.
"Here, they are willing to pick up all the information that we show and say and that is very important. They want to perform our philosophy, but we have to wait and see how it develops.
"I see progression every day, but also not always good things. We are here to improve, though. My philosophy is always there.
"You must take into account the quality of the opponent and give team a structure to cope. Off the pitch also there are many rules the players must fulfil for me."
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