de Boer implies van Gaal capable of hairdryer treatment - it's so needed

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Former player suggests new Manchester United manager can replicate Sir Alex Ferguson's infamous hairdryer. Is it what the players need?

"Yes, he can be scary," summarised Ronald de Boer to the Daily Mail when assessing Louis van Gaal's man-management. 

One of the things Manchester United need most, aside from squad upheaval, is an authoritarian figure - something they have lacked since the retirement of legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson.

Yesterday, it was stated on BBC radio that, last summer during a head coaches meeting, all apart from one were unanimous in agreement that young, Spanish central midfielder Thiago Alcantara should be acquired. The one disapproving vote was cast by Ryan Giggs, over-ruling the signing. 

Could such an action have been fathomable under Ferguson's rule?

It would also unlikely perturb van Gaal, who has an adamant viewpoint over whom should be brought in to enrich the current United squad.

Van Gaal and Ferguson share similar traits. Not only would they both offer a staunch opinion, a forthright hands-on approach, but also a passionate, competitive spirit, as de Boer - who was brought through the Ajax ranks by van Gaal and also played under him at Barcelona - testifies.

"He is so passionate. He is 100 per cent all the time and he wants the same in return. You could see it on the sidelines but he could be even more intense on a Monday morning, especially if we’d lost."

Then, in a statement startlingly reminiscent of the notorious hairdryer treatment that became a hallmark of Ferguson's tenure, do Boer said: "If he knew that you hadn’t played well, he would be straight on top of you. He is a big guy, he wants to win and that is where he can be intimidating and intense but even if he shouts at you, he will listen to what you have to say."

He continued: "[van Gaal] gives players chances to prove themselves. If you play badly in one game he won’t drop you straight away. He will give you the trust to repay him with a better performance next time. He puts trust in players but he expects it back from them. He doesn’t want to be let down."

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