Great clip of how a Man United training session is structured

via Nike Football

The visuals are great and just seeing the structure is interesting but listening to the various coaches talk both during the session to the players and to the camera about what sets top players apart it is the most interesting aspect of this video.


One of several on their YouTube channel worth watching.

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6 Responses to Great clip of how a Man United training session is structured

  1. K says:

    “It’s United now not Atletico.” Love it.

    Interesting seeing 11v11 on a short field – will keep that in mind, but it’s worth mentioning these are pro’s and of course the readers here are coaching kids. Sessions need to be structured different – but needless to say one can take so much out of watching videos and seeing things like that.

    Wonder if the Whitecaps will think about starting to invite the local coaches in to watch their sessions? This way the local coaches know exactly what the Caps are looking for in youth players.

    • Gregor says:

      Yeah if DeGea could understand him he’s probably thinking, “Buddy, I’m used to Aguero and Forlan shooting on me in training. This has nothing on Atletico Madrid.”

  2. Gregor says:

    And, yes, it would be really interesting to have access to some Whitecap training sessions but that’s coming from someone who would pay to go on a package trip to watch training sessions at Arsenal, Barcelona etc..In other words, that might not be a common sentiment.

    • K says:

      No worries – I’d pay also for those trips! If Whitecaps were allowing coaches to have access then they’d better be able to prepare their players for being picked-up by the Whitecaps. Win-win.

      Haha, I guess though that Forlan and Aguero weren’t shooting on De Gea in those warm-up technical sessions!

  3. footyfanatic says:

    Simple. Too many youth coaches (myself included) think too much. eg. Overthink, make it too complex. Footwork, possession, a little finishing, some 11v11 and fitness. That’s all you need. Yeah, it would be nice to have a top notch grass pitch to train on, and have the training aids these guys do, but that’s where the youth coach can show his mettle – a little improvisation.

    Saw a similar video of a session run by Mournhino, and it was with some lads in an Aftrican village – not a pro side. But he talks about his training philosophy. Simple. Quick pace. No more than 90 mins.

    The thing that strikes me is, again, how simple. And really, what’s stopping a bunch of youngsters from getting together and doing some of these things on their own? Nothing really – especially the possession and small-sided stuff.

    That’s the problem in Canadian soccer. OK, maybe a problem, rather than THE problem. But all the same, and I’m going to get on the soap box here, but the soccer community has become far too reliant on club training and academies. Certainly clubs and academies serve a purpose, but we need kids playing soccer on the parks, school grounds and back yards. The best hockey players in the world learned to play on frozen ponds and in the streets. The best basketball players honed their skills in the street courts and the local gyms. Soccer is no different. Long before they ever pulled on a shirt belonging to a top club, the top players in the world were playing footy with their mates in the streets, in local parks and on beaches.

    It’s a simple game folks. A simple game played by kids, complicated by adults. Keep it simple.

    • Gregor says:

      Mourinho believes in doing all aspects of training with a ball, including fitness. In that regard, he may take a simple approach but he also utilizes a ‘colour book’ that had 36 colours with each representing a different approach to the game at hand. As circumstances changed during a game, messages (sometimes, apparently, in the form of coloured pieces of paper) were sent on the field and players were expected to adjust shape, tactics etc based on the new ‘colour’. Not so simple.

      Nothing stops kids from getting out and doing these things but most still need proper correction of form. There was a comment from one of the analysts last night during the Barcelona v Chivas game about how he watched a Barcelona training session with a top American coach and they were amazed at the attention to detail of the coaching staff to every first touch and every pass. You can hear some of that from the United coaches, “Open your hips with your first touch.” Constants reminders that little things be done properly every time.

      The top players were indeed playing out in the streets. A couple of generations ago. The whole system of development has been professionalized now though and you have academies at Ajax, Barcelona et al, identifying kids as young as six years old and working with them several times a week from that age on. No one coming through the professional ranks at top clubs now is doing so with a background that consists of back alley football with his pals after school. Just doesn’t happen anymore.

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