Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has opened up about manager Louis van Gaal’s repetitive training methods, something he thinks has helped the team.
Smalling, 25, spoke to the Manchester Evening News about the drills the team runs at the Aon Training Complex in Carrington. Van Gaal is said to run a lot of repetitive training exercises, but Smalling said that it has helped his game.
“We work hard and tirelessly on the training ground with our tactics, we do 11 versus 11s a lot so we know our positions and our roles down to a tee,” Smalling said.
“The repetition has really improved my game and a lot of the other players as well.
“The manager said at the start of the season that once you’ve been with him for six months and got used to the repetition of drills, the tactics and you know your role that we will get better.
“There has obviously been a lot of ins and outs and, as a group, we’ve stayed very close-knit.
“Whoever comes in knows their job. We have the training routine and the philosophy of the manager so every player knows what he wants and what he expects of you on the pitch.”
United has opened up the season significantly better than what they did last season, and after a 3-2 away win over Southampton on Sunday, the Red Devils sits in second place with 13 points, two points behind leaders and crosstown rivals Manchester City.