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Van Gaal backs overseas friendlies

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. Credit: PA

Louis van Gaal is fully supportive of Manchester United's plan to play midweek exhibition matches in the new year.

Managing director Richard Arnold confirmed earlier this week that United are discussing the possibility of playing glamour friendlies abroad at the start of 2015.

The matches, which could take place in the Middle East, would provide Van Gaal's team with some kind of action during the weeks when their rivals are in Champions League action.

And it could, in theory, help the 20-times English champions recover some of the money they have lost by failing to qualify for Europe's biggest club competition last term.

Van Gaal raised concerns about United's lengthy travelling during their pre-season tour of the United States, but he has no concerns about taking the squad away next year.

"I agree with that," the United manager said.

"We have spoken last week with each other and also Ed Woodward, so I fully agree.

"I'm used to playing midweeks but I have said in the first three months we have to wait because it's difficult enough for the players to adapt and adjust to the new play organisation and style and they shall honour that also but we shall play midweeks.

"It's good because I like to play games against high-level opponents."

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Fergie shares his management secrets with Harvard

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson Credit: Press Association

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed the secrets of his management style in a series of interviews with Harvard academics, setting out his approach to matches, team talks and disciplining "fragile" millionaires.

Ferguson spoke with Harvard professor Anita Elberse and a former student Tom Dye in a series of interviews in 2011.

He also travelled to Boston earlier in 2012 to talk to current students about his approach to man-management and share the secrets of leadership skills and communication.

Van Persie: 'No one is angry with me' for Man United move

Robin van Persie said there were "no hard feelings" after he completed a move from Arsenal to Premier League rivals Manchester United FC.

Robin van Persie and Sir Alex Ferguson Credit: PA

In his first press conference as a United player, he said: "From my side and Arsenal's side, there is no hard feelings. No one is angry with me and I'm not angry with them".

Robin van Persie signed a four-year contract with Manchester United Credit: PA