A player who spent the vast majority of the season injured has compared Manchester United's prospective manager to The Happy One.
Netherlands wonderkid Marco van Ginkel, 21, who Chelsea acquired for £8m from feeder club Vitesse Arnham last summer, has lifted the lid on the apparent comparative personality and coaching traits of his Blues boss Jose Mourinho and his national manager Louis van Gaal, a man widely tipped to succeed erstwhile Manchester United head coach David Moyes as permanent Old Trafford boss.
"There are some similarities between Mourinho and Van Gaal," van Ginkel, who could be a shock inclusion in van Gaal's World Cup selection as he was recently called upon for a pre-tournament camp, said, as quoted by Goal.
A £7m per season contract has reportedly been agreed by United and Van Gaal, with the Daily Star quoting the manager to have said that he will retain the services of long-time Stretford servant Ryan Giggs. He is alleged to begin work with United when the "club embark on their pre-season tour of American", in two months.
Van Ginkel continued: "A lot of people want to know what Mourinho's like. He's incredibly fanatical and always wants to win. You occasionally see him do something crazy on the sidelines, but he's a very warm person.
"He's always open to you as a person, yet he can get very angry as well."