Does Louis van Gaal have shades of Rafa Benitez?

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The new Manchester United boss's most recent press conference was reminiscent of the Spaniard's famous 'facts' rant.

Speaking to the press ahead of the Netherlands' third-place play off with Brazil, Louis van Gaal had an agenda.

The Dutchman wanted to make clear that his side were at a disadvantage going into their clash with the Brazilians.

You could say he was making excuses. Others might argue that he was trying to motivate his side.

Either way, Van Gaal has already shown that Man United will be getting a talker for their new boss.

"I will stick to the facts," the Netherlands boss told reporters.

"The facts are that Brazil started first. And Brazil again has played first again and we played a day later.

"These are the facts. I am not going to beat around bush. Then you know what the implications are if that is the case."

Three lines' worth of quotes - three uses of the word 'fact.' Rafael Benitez much?

To this day, if you type 'Rafa Benitez' into Google, that facts speech is one of the most common searches.

The problem for van Gaal, though, is what followed for the then Liverpool boss. It was January 2009 when Benitez held his infamous press conference, when the Reds were top of the Premier League.

As Manchester United fans will remember all too well, that lead did not last, as Sir Alex Ferguson led United to yet another league title.

If van Gaal is looking for a winning formula, then, referencing 'facts' may not be the way to go. And it will look especially unfortunate if the Netherlands go on to lose their third-place play-off.

United supporters may be quick to point out that, despite a tendency for tactical tinkering, the similarities stop there between the experienced managers. But should the 62-year-old bring this kind of form to his encounters with the British media, he will make for some intriguing reading.

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