Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini believes former manager David Moyes was too soft to be a success at the club.
The former Everton boss took over from Sir Alex Ferguson following his retirement in 2013 but his reign will go down as a failure.
After losing the dressing room at Man United and missing out on Champions League qualification, Moyes was sacked in April of last year.
He was eventually replaced by Louis van Gaal last summer and Fellaini says the Dutchman’s no-nonsense style is exactly what the players needed.
Speaking about van Gaal, Fellaini said: “The coach is very strict, but that’s good. We needed such a coach.
“Last season, we had a bad season. We even missed European qualification. We needed a coach who would put some players’ feet back on the ground.
“If he says something, you should do it. Otherwise you’ll fly out of it [the team].
“If he has to take you off the pitch when the game hasn’t been going on for more than 30 minutes, he’ll do it. Or during half-time. Fortunately, it hasn’t happened to me yet.”
Under Moyes last season, United were consistently below-par and ended up looking even worse at the campaign went on.
This is in complete contrast to van Gaal’s reign, where United have steadily improved. Fellaini is the perfect example of this as the Belgian has transformed himself from a figure of ridicule to a central part of United’s play.
Against Liverpool last weekend, Fellaini was everywhere and won almost every single one of his aerial duels. Van Gaal seems to have brought confidence back to his players, which will do them the world of good as United head into the final few games of the season.