Man. United

Staff team Manchester United 2014/15


The team of Manchester United: Performance analyst Max Reckers, goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek, assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg, manager Louis van Gaal, assistant manager Ryan Giggs and opposition scout Marcel Bout.

Striving for perfection


The goalkeeper coach worked with Louis van Gaal at Ajax, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands and enjoys a fabulous relationship with the manager.In an exclusive interview with MUTV, the 57-year-old touched upon his philosophy and methods that have proved so successful over the years.
"It's like we both are searching for perfection" he explained. "For goalkeeper coaches, this is more normal than regular coaches as we know, as a goalkeeper, when you make a mistake, it could be very painful. So we try to work to perfection - to make as few mistakes as possible. What I find with Louis is we're both physical educators and have Masters degrees in Physical Education so we hit each other there as well.

We are not like former players who did not have a University education as well, so we meet each other there and, as well as looking forward to the feeling of being a player, we also have scientific backgrounds that we really use in teaching and developing and stuff like that.
We complement each other in the things we do and that means working with Louis is always working at the highest level, always going for the highest prizes, and for the best clubs in the world. It feels comfortable. It feels good.

"We still develop every day" he insisted. "There is no routine. [There's] no 'we did it like that so we do it again'. Every day is a challenge and completely different. I haven't seen two days the same as long as I've worked with him".

You cannot be in a routine - you have to develop. You look at what happens to the club and look to the players and their way of playing and how to influence that. I can only say what works is he asks me all the time and I say 'yes'. We have a very good co-operation and understanding together.
One of the things I like as well in that co-operation is we always strive for a better way of doing it. The society is changing every day and we have to change with it. The players change too. The players you see now are not like the players of 10 years ago. So we have to look at it.

Source: www.manchesterunited/news&features (Nick Coppack)

Manchester United winner of the International Champions Cup USA


Manchester United ended the short stay in Miami with victory over Liverpool and a trophy.
The Reds claimed the International Champions Cup after coming from behind to beat Brendan Rodgers' side 3-1 at the Sun Life Stadium, with goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. The match rounded off a highly successful tour for the team, who claimed victory in all five tour matches.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was pleased to win the International Champions Cup but immediately set his sights on the first game of the Barclays Premier League season.

The Reds ended the tour on a high by beating Liverpool 3-1 in Miami, thanks to second-half goals from Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and substitute Jesse Lingard. It's a first trophy of van Gaal's reign but the Dutchman played down its significance, instead stating that his focus is on the visit of Swansea to Old Trafford on 16 August.It's nice for the fans in the USA and also at home that we beat Liverpool," he said at his post-match press conference.I think we gave a lot of pleasure to the fans and that's very important. Of course, it's better to win than to lose in pre-season but the most important game is against Swansea City. That's the one we have to win.
After a quiet first half at the Sun Life Stadium, Rooney sparked United's comeback with a neat left-volley, his fifth goal of the tour, and was later named player of the tournament.
He's always a winner," van Gaal said. "I think he deserved to win the award because he made a lot of assists and scored goals. But we also defended well - there are a lot of defenders who could also have been the most valuable player of this tournament. For Rooney, the goal was very important. It was a wonderful goal. You see the attack and what he did to push the ball under the legs of the goalkeeper and also in the corner. It was also a great cross from Chicharito."

Rooney was captain for the night but van Gaal, who has also given the armband to Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher on the tour, said he had intended to share it around. "I'm always looking for opportunities to give players the captain's armband," he said. "Today, Rooney played 90 minutes for the first time. Fletcher has already done it twice and therefore he [Rooney] was the captain. Cleverley also played 90 minutes."

Antonio Valencia came off early in the first half and van Gaal revealed it was the result of United's demanding training schedule in the States. "Valencia had a feeling in his leg," the boss said. "I had told him before the game that you have to listen to your body. The accumulation of tiredness in this tournament is high.

"All the players want to play but you have to be clever and he was clever to step out. When you're feeling something in your leg, you have to pay attention to it."


Pre-season tour in USA


After just one week of the World Cup 2014, we started the pre-season tour with Manchester United in LA USA.

The team will play against LA Galaxy on Wednesday before heading to Denver, Washington DC and Detroit during their pre-season tour.
We will spend the next three or four weeks assessing the players we have at our disposal before deciding on potential new signings and departures.

What can M.United expect from Frans Hoek?


With Louis van Gaal's appointment at Old Trafford came the news that the Dutchman is bringing two coaches in with him - Marcel Bout and Frans Hoek.
Ryan Giggs has been confirmed as the number two but the future of the remaining coaching staff remains uncertain.

Of the two newcomers, Hoek has been with Van Gaal at all but one of the 62-year-old's previous teams and is currently working with him with the Netherlands.

In his career Hoek has worked with some of the world's best keepers, including Edwin van der Saar, Victor Valdes, and Manuel Neuer.

M.E.N Sport takes a look at what the Reds can expect:

Van Gaal has been clear about the football he expects from his teams and Hoek has adapted that for his specialist position.

David de Gea was one of United's best performers last season and appeared to improve under Chris Woods. Woods could remain at the club but it is unlikely that Van Gaal will not draw on Hoek's expertise to some level in an area where he has served him so well at a number of clubs.

Speaking in a UEFA interview in 2012, Hoek outlined his ideas. "The vision will say 'what are the needs, the demands for the goalkeepers at this moment in the game.'" he said.

"It's always about what the game asks from the goalkeepers.

"All the clubs where I worked I made a profile out of the information I got out of the games, a profile of the ideal goakeeper for that club and when you have that profile - that's the base, that's the vision, that's the philosophy - you have to find a way, how can I work with this goalkeeper to the profile that is needed for this club."

The nature of his previous jobs means Hoek has plenty of experience in managing keepers through domestic seasons and big European games, which the Reds will obviously be aiming to get back to.
But rather than isolate the keepers, the Dutchman believes in treating them as part of the team.

"My vision always has been we need to practise what we see in the game," he said. "So basically the game is the best practice ever.
"But it's 11 vs 11 - the amount of repetitions that they they'll face there is minimum.

"To improve that we have to create situation in which they get more situations to practice their strong or weak points. So the base is always the game, always, and the practice is as close as possible to that game.
"That means the pure individual goalkeeping coaching with the goalkeeping coach and the goalkeeper is getting less. It's more and more integrated in the team because, again, the goalkeeper is part of the team.
"He has to perform with them against other players so you need to prepare him for that."

With United's defence struggling at times last season with the number of different partnerships across the back line, getting the whole defence in sync could be the cornerstone to a successful season.

United were very keen to impress Van Gaal's strengths in working with youth, and indeed he does have a superb track record of bringing young players through.

Hoek has played a big part in that with young goalkeepers.
He lists the attributes needed in a young goalkeeper as being over 1.85m tall, ambition, discipline and being "extremely coachable", and says he always searches "for the first five passable first-team goalkeepers" when he comes to a club.

Explaining the importance of competition in driving keepers on, Hoek describes what made Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina "exceptional" when they were both 16-year-olds at Barcelona.

"For their age, they had like the perfect build physically," he said.

"The second thing is they were incredibly ambitious, they were actually pushing each other to a very high level and they were very willing to improve themselves so at the moment I saw them, first of all I didn't believe they were 16 years of age and secondly the way they were performing and presenting themselves - that was incredibly impressive."

That should give hope to youngsters Ben Amos, Sam Johnstone and - from 2015 - Vanja Milinkovic, who will all hope to develop under Hoek and push David De Gea.

(Source: ManchesterEveningNews)