Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is just like legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson, that is according to another great of the Old Trafford club, Ryan Giggs.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Giggs spoke about what life is like working under the Dutchman at Carrington since he tool over in the summer. The 40-year-old was appointed assistant manager after hanging up his boots at the end of last season, learning the management trade as he goes along.
However, he had some of experience of being in the hot seat last season when David Moyes was sacked following a torrid ten months since taking over from the retired Ferguson. Giggs guided the team to two wins from four, but there was a 1-0 defeat at home to Sunderland in there.
Now he is getting a chance to see how things are done under Van Gaal and the Welshman revealed that the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager, who signed a £7million-a-year three-year deal in May, is very similar to the great Ferguson.
"He demands that in every training session. He wants the same intensity as if it was a game. There are a lot of similarities to Sir Alex. He sets standards and if you drop below them he is not happy," he said in the interview.
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This is hefty praise from Giggs, who saw first-hand the effects Ferguson's managerial techniques had on the success at the club, playing under him for every season of his career other than than last season.
Under Ferguson Giggs became the most decorated player in British football history by winning 25 different major trophies before his retirement this summer. Van Gaal will now be hoping the player often regarded as Manchester United's greatest can impart some of that experience.
Despite the amount of experience between the pair at the helm, it has been a difficult start to Van Gaal's maiden season in the Premier League. Finding wins has been a struggle and they currently lie fourth in the table after a, more than a little bit fortunate, victory over Arsenal on Saturday.
Sir Alex Ferguson stood down as manager after guiding Manchester United to their 20th Premier League title in 2012. It was his 26th year in charge of the club, in which he won an incredible 28 major trophies and is regarded as one of the greatest managers in the history of football.
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