The Insider: Van Gaal sets up Manchester United spy network

The Dutchman has already stamped his mark in Manchester with new pitches and floodlights set to be installed but has gone one further by setting up a system of cameras

Louis van Gaal will be keeping a close eye on his Manchester United players this summer - a very close eye.

The Dutchman had a team of technicians from his homeland dispatched to the club's Carrington training centre last week to install surveillance cameras around the training pitches.

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There will be nowhere to hide for the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, with the cameras powerful enough to zoom right into the players' faces, making it possible to check for signs of fatigue.

Each camera is linked up to a nerve centre portakabin complete with several screens and the footage will be pored over by Van Gaal and his team of coaches.

The new Red Devils boss has already looked to stamp his authority on Carrington, having publicly complained about its vulnerability to the Manchester winds.

He was also dismayed to learn that the player surfaces do not match the one used at Old Trafford and asked for changes to be made, at a cost of £3 million.

Beds are to be installed so that the club's stars will be able to sleep off their gruelling morning training sessions before going again in the afternoon - under floodlights which are also to be erected as part of Van Gaal's overhaul.


Manchester United's record £750m kit deal with adidas will have an unexpected lucrative spin-off... for rivals Manchester City.

Nike decided to end their long association with the Red Devils this week, insisting the mammoth numbers involved were not 'financially viable'.

But the American giants will now focus their energies and money on the Premier League champions, with City having agreed a six-year tie-up with Nike worth £12m a year - substantially behind even the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool.

Nike also lost the Gunners to Puma this summer and see City as their new standard bearer, with the club's plans in America, following the creation of New York City Football Club, of particular appeal to the sportswear giant.

United sell a reported 1.2 million shirts a year but Nike feel City's deal could be worth up to £25m a year in the coming seasons.

Manuel Pellegrini's side also announced a major deal with Japanese car firm Nissan in midweek.

The figures of that deal are being kept firmly under wraps but covers the entire City Football Group, which includes NYCFC, Melbourne City and a share in J-League side Yokohama.

Nissan will become Uefa's official champions League sponsors this season and the City deal could be worth as much as £20m a season.