It's not quite the salvation and reincarnation promised by Jesus Christ but there's a lot going about that gives the impression that new boss Luis van Gaal intends to make everything new at Old Trafford.
The United manager that will be unveiled tomorrow at the club, has already ordered double training sessions even before touring the very ground at Carrington on which United train.
Training will no longer be followed by separate lunch for the first team and the youth team. It is apparent that this particular move is intended to bridge the gap between the first team and the reserve side. Judging from the comments fellow professionals are saying about LVG, you get the feeljng that his methods rely heavily on team spirit, pulling together in one direction. The whole group has got to buy into his philosophy and follow his instructions to script. It's just about the only way his methods produce results. 100% committment to him or you're shown the door. Does that ring a bell?
The biggest plus from all this is that even with a squad as limited as the one we've got, LVG is capable of getting more than sum of its parts from it. That said, it's difficult to see how United can do worse than last season.
The club has already brought in Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera, meaning that besides the loss of experience, United are already better than they were last term. Hell, with a new coach, we're already better than last term. The catch though is that LVG secretly plans to guide the club to a league title in his first season. With just the league to concern ourselves with this season, it is possible, but you do feel that more work is needed if that dream is to be actualised.
The club flies out for the annual money minting tour, this time to the US of A to contest the International Champions Cup. The level of opposition we shall face there should ensure that we quickly get a clear picture of where we are before the season kicks in.
Until then of course, it's back to refreshing twitter timelines hoping for some positive development on the transfer front.
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