Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal criticized the schedule for his club's preseason United States tour Tuesday, saying the heavy travel negatively impacts preparations for the team's upcoming season, according to the BBC.
United begins its tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday with a match against the LA Galaxy, then plays in Denver on Saturday before a match in Washington, D.C., the following Wednesday and Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday, Aug. 2. If the club advances to the International Champions Cup final on Aug. 4 in Miami, it will have traveled about 13,500 miles.
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His statement contradicted the words of executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward 24 hours earlier, when he insisted the tour - which will see United travel almost 13,500 miles if they reach the final of the International Champions Cup - did not disrupt preparation.
Asked if he would prefer a shorter tour next year, van Gaal said: "Yeah, I hope that. And I am very confident that it shall be."
Due to heavy Los Angeles traffic, van Gaal was a half hour late to his Tuesday press conference to preview the match against the Galaxy.
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