Patrice Evra made the comparison when talking about his love of 'discipline' from a manager.
Manchester United fans are obviously raring for the new season to go, especially after the fixture computer dealt up a relatively kind start in comparison to David Moyes' star to life at the Old Trafford helm.
The club will be under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal, and according to the agent of one player he has already decided on one member of the first-team squad who is surplus to requirements at The Theatre of Dreams.
Alex Buttner's agent has confirmed he is on his way out of the club - so it is fair to say Buttner is not a big fan of the incoming boss, who has failed to call him up to a single Netherlands team since taking as national team coach in 2012.
But what about the number one left-back, the player Buttner backs up? The player who has worn the captains armband for the club on many occasions? Of course we are talking about Patrice Evra.
There is much talk about United chasing left-backs this summer. Luke Shaw of Southampton and Daley Blind of Feyenoord both mentioned as possible options.
But Evra has no worries about working with his new coach. He has been speaking to the French media about the change of manager. In fact, Evra seems to be thoroughly excited over the arrival of LvG:
"He is a great coach, we saw that he has made a good start with Holland. According to Robin (Van Persie) he is someone who loves discipline and that's good because I also I love the discipline. I am used to it with Sir Alex Ferguson. For Manchester, this is a good choice. "
Evra will now wait to see if he is named club captain, or if, as expected, Robin van Persie gets the job. Then it will be interesting to see what he thinks of his new boss.