The Reds Devils have been granted with the permission to install floodlights at United’s training ground – Carrington training ground, so that Louis Van Gaal can make his players train deep into the evening.
After taking charge of United last July, Van Gaal demanded many changes to the training regime and the infrastructure changes to the club’s training complex. One of those included the installation of floodlights at the multi-million pound facility, which is sponsored by insurance company AON.
According to ESPN, last week Trafford Council accepted proposals for floodlights to be installed on 16metre-high poles erected around eight training pitches and work is expected to begin shortly.
After initial discussions, the council is seemed to have accepted United’s view that the floodlight installation would not affect surrounding businesses or the local bat population.
United’s planning application said: “The proposed floodlighting and fencing are essential to improving the usability and function of the AON Training Centre, improving the training methods that are being adopted by the Club and ensuring that the training centre maintains its status as a world class facility.”
The installation of floodlights is one of the many changes which the Dutchman demanded upon his arrival. Previously the main pitch was relaid and HD cameras were installed so the United boss could monitor and record his players movements during training sessions.
Besides, Van Gaal also ordered more trees be planted at Carrington training ground to make the facility more sheltered from the wind. It is however not sure how much these changes will help the players in the long run!