Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has turned to HD cameras in an attempt to analyse his players performances at Carrington training ground.
According to The Mirror, Van Gaal has introduced the “big-brother” like system on the pre-season tour of the States to help analyse every detail of his players abilities in a major attempt to help the club rise to the summit of English football once again. Having fallen to their worst league finish in over two decades, United are looking into every avenue to ensure that the same result does not occur again. With the arrival of the new manager comes a history of elaborate ideas and approaches to how to make the club a dominant force. van Gaal has already been under the spot light for his uncharacteristic forms of managing and getting the best out of the payers, and those philosophies haven’t hindered since his arrival at Old Trafford.
Having already imposed new rules on his players, ranging from eating together as a team to only being allowed to communicate in English, the manager has dipped into the extensive funds on offer to make changes to Carrington. The inclusion of sleeping quarters at the training ground was only the beginning of the Van Gaal transition, as reports in the Daily Mail also state that the club has spent £500,000 on the installation of HD cameras around the training complex.
The cameras themselves may give off the feeling of being locked in a reality TV show, but from the managers perspective they are a pivotal piece of equipment for getting the best out of every player. Used primarily for players’ positioning, the cameras have already become helpful in identifying areas individuals need to improve upon ready for the new season. As well as positioning, the cameras are also used for the finer details such as facial expressions. Reports claim that Van Gaal uses the monitors to pick up on individuals facial expressions to see whether players are comfortable with the new regimes imposed only further eventuates the shrewd mind of one of the worlds most coveted managers.
The new cameras at the ground may not be used until the club returns from the States, but the idea has been thoroughly tested on the pre-season tour. Since their departure from Old Trafford the players have been under constant analysis. Van Gaal has emphasised his compulsion for analysing the finer details, immediately scrutinising footage of the players training after their recent session in Washington. The managers drive and determination to evaluate and resolve all the errors visible in the footage has not been missed by the players who are eager to impress the new manager.
Jonny Evans, having become the senior defender since the departures of Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra this summer, shares the same motivation as the manager to go to any lengths to ensure the club rise back to the top of the Premier League this season. Speaking about the new improvement at Carrington, Evans replied:
“It’s a lot more detailed at the training ground. They’ve spent thousands on it and a few of the lads have seen HD cameras around the pitch.
“We have this system at the minute where he can watch us on the pitch. I think a lot of teams use it, but we’re looking into it in quite a lot of detail.
“He’s saying, ‘You should be five yards to the right’ and we’re able to see things that are happening live on the pitch. We went through a video the other night and I was 10 yards out.”
The club is eager to try any new avenue that will help them eradicate the failures of last season. The new manager has undoubtedly brought a new air of excitement to the club and its supporters and with that comes the unconventional styles of the man nicknamed the “Iron Tulip”. The installation of the new cameras will undoubtedly help the players with their positioning and allow a manager renowned for his dedication to the finer details the opportunity to perfect a squad already looking a lot stronger on this year’s pre season tour. The players will want to give their best for the manager and Van Gaal will similarly want to reciprocate the passion by helping every individual better their performances. The cameras may create a life under constant scrutiny, a lifestyle the payers are already accustomed to, but if there is any way to help the team improve by even a single percent much like the cameras will then it is more than worth investment.