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Manchester United Players Must Speak English Says Strict New Manager Louis Van Gaal

Mata reveals that the new boss is already instilling his rules.

Newly appointed Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told the players they must speak English when they are on the pitch.

Club record signing Juan Mata has revealed that van Gaal has insisted that when a match is being played the Red Devils stars must talk the native language of the club.

“We speak in English,” Mata told BBC Sport.

“The manager says we have to speak in English.”

Mata has already formed a strong bond with new £29m signing and fellow Spaniard Ander Herrera, who joined from Athletic Bilbao earlier in the summer.

Herrera put in a Man of the Match performance on Wednesday as van Gaal took charge of the 13-time Premier League champions for the first time against LA Galaxy in a pre-season friendly.

The English giants ran out 7-0 winners and the Dutchman showed his versatility by playing a 3-5-2 formation that saw Mata operating behind two strikers.

Whether or not van Gaal will adopt this when the English league season starts on August 16th remains to be seen, but it looks as if the 62-year-old is far more creative than his predecessor David Moyes.

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