Ex-Netherlands midfielder Ronald de Boer has admitted he was afraid of Louis van Gaal earlier on in his career and that he was a very strict coach.
If Van Gaal’s presence in front of the camera is anything to go by, it’s going to be an interesting time for United’s squad next season.
There were so many players who weren’t committed to the cause but by the sounds of it, there is no chance of that happening under Van Gaal.
“He’s very strict,” De Boer said.
“When I was young, I was scared of him and feared him a bit.
“Everyone knows which direction he is aiming for and everyone will follow that.
“When he watches, you give a little more effort in what you are doing.”
Steve McClaren knows a thing or two about Dutch managers, and their accents, having managed in the Eredivisie before and he shares the same sentiment of De Boer – Van Gaal is a no nonsense character.
“He is very forthright, he knows what he wants, he knows what he is doing and he is very disciplined,” McClaren said.
“You either love him or you hate him in Holland, he is one of those characters, but he is successful, he gets teams winning and he is experienced at that level.”
All of these personal assessments of Van Gaal’s fearsome character should be music to the ears of any United fan because you can bet your bottom dollar that the likes of Marouane Fellaini won’t be able to get away with jogging around nonchalantly for 90 minutes anymore.
That lack of commitment and determination was one of the biggest frustrations about last season. There’s no shame in losing but to do so lying down just wasn’t the United way.
If there’s one thing that is guaranteed to return next year, it is that competitiveness. Whether we win silverware is something different altogether but Van Gaal will at least get the team playing for the badge on their shirt again.