Van Gaal to rule United with an iron fist, but is it a good idea?

Louis Van Gaal

Louis van Gaal will reportedly take a disciplined mentality into his Manchester United job.

Louis van Gaal is set to adopt one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s main principles when he starts work as Manchester United manager tomorrow; the club before anything else.

LvG has already admitted that he doesn’t need a break following the World Cup and the early indications suggest that he’s likely to rule with an iron fist throughout his time at Manchester United.

Goal.com suggests United staff have been warned to expect a demanding Dutchman who wants nothing but the best for the club, which extends from officials to players.

“The staff at Carrington have been warned, preparations put in place, and the players told to report for instructions first thing - Already, United players are on notice. Van Gaal's will be a different Manchester United - a United built on rules and discipline,” writes Paul Clennam.

“The now former Netherlands manager is clear; there is much work to do, much change to effect.”

On the one hand, plenty of fans will suggest that this is exactly what the club needs as van Gaal can’t afford to waste much time getting everyone pulling in the same direction.

It’s a huge season for United because breaking back into the top four is the absolute minimum and if the boss is backed further on the transfer market, silverware will become an even more realistic possibility than it already is.

On the other hand, an authoritative and disciplined regime can sometimes backfire as it did with Fabio Capello at international level with England.

The experienced Italian adopted some of the same principles van Gaal is being tipped to install at United such as demanding players eat at the same time.

When Capello left his England duties, there were rumblings that some players didn’t find the England environment as enjoyable so it’s a risky strategy for van Gaal to adopt.

What Fergie did so well was find the correct balance between showing that authority and completely suffocating his players with discipline and van Gaal should be able to find the right formula.

If a player steps out of line as United try to get back to the top of English and European football, they will be shown the door and the Dutchman won’t think twice about it.

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