Whilst United looked fairly clueless last season, with it always unclear what exactly they were trying to achieve, Louis van Gaal has brought a definite vision to the club. With his 3-5-2 formation and specific individual instructions and areas for improvement for his players, Van Gaal is transforming life at United.
Juan Mata has praised the new tactics and claimed he is enjoying getting to learn from someone as experienced as Van Gaal.
“The manager’s new system could be very good for us,” he told the official site. “Obviously we need to train more and improve but I think it’s very difficult for opponents when we play like this. For me personally, playing behind two strikers is a great position to help me perform at my best level. The first thing the manager told us in pre-season training was that the first three months of this season would be hard, because we had to change our mind-sets and understand what he was trying to do, and there was a new system as well. It will take time to fully adapt but, in the meantime, we are doing our best,” Juan continued. “We’re enjoying training and the most important thing is that we are learning from him, because he is a very experienced coach.”