LA Galaxy v Manchester United: What Louis van Gaal Learned from Pre-Season Match

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LA Galaxy v Manchester United: What Louis van Gaal Learned from Pre-Season Match
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LA Galaxy v Manchester United finished with a result few would have predicted.

United's most optimistic supporters would not have expected Louis van Gaal's men to demolish the Galaxy 7-0.

After all, whilst there is still a significant disparity in quality between the Premier League and Major League Soccer, Galaxy had the advantage of having their season in full swing. 

This time last year, David Moyes' United lost to a team called "Singha All Star XI." What a difference a year makes. 

In the end it was beyond comfortable for United. At half-time—and 3-0 up—Van Gaal made wholesale changes. Only the sublime Ander Herrera and the clearly fit Darren Fletcher lasted the 90 minutes, but even they were asked to make a positional shift during the break.

Fletcher dropped to centre-back—a bit of a surprise, if that is not too much of an understatement—and Herrera moved further up the pitch.

It is dangerous to read too much into friendlies, but here are some things Van Gaal may have learned from the game.

Of course, given his attention to detail, he probably knew them already...

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