Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs says preparations for the 2014/15 campaign under new boss Louis van Gaal have been going well, even with the Dutchman still away at the World Cup.
While van Gaal has been fully focused on his job with the Netherlands in Brazil, Giggs has kept in contact with the manager and has been ably assisted by new coaching-staff members Albert Stuivenberg and Marcel Bout.
Speaking at the launch for REUNITED 14, Giggs revealed how pre-season training is going so far and spoke of his excitement for the season's big kick-off.
"Everyone's excited. We had a disappointing season last season and everyone's keen to get us back to where we belong and that's the top," explained Ryan.
"Everything's been planned off Louis. Albert and Marcel know how he works so the blueprint has been prepared by Louis and we're just following his plans. I think we’ll find out today when he arrives. It will be sometime early to middle of next week.
"Of course, it's not ideal - you want all your players and your manager together to start pre-season. But in a World Cup year it can be like this and I have to say preparations have gone well so far.
"Within a week we'll all be together and then we're spending two-and-a-half weeks in the US so he'll get to know the players there. There's plenty of time before the season