Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has often been described as fearsome, disciplinarian and strict.
To an outsider, it would seem that the Dutchman is quite harsh to his players and wants them to obey his each and every rule.
However, United’s £14 million summer signing Daley Blind has given an insight into how Van Gaal works and what he is actually like with his players.
‘He is not frightening - he is just honest’, Sky Sports quotes the 24-year-old as saying. ‘That can be frightening, but I like it. He is very honest to everybody. He knows what he wants and he knows his philosophy. He can bring that to the players and he can make a team with everybody in’.
United fans and the British media have already got a glimpse of Van Gaal’s honesty when he made it clear why he let England international striker Danny Welbeck leave for Arsenal on transfer deadline day for a reported transfer fee of £16m.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss claimed that Welbeck is not of the same standard as Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao because he has not scored enough goals.
Van Gaal’s comments have since left many former United players and footballers-turned-pundits surprised and even shocked.
But Van Gaal was honest in his stance on Welbeck and did not mince his words – the same way he does not hold back his opinions when he is working with the players he has at his disposal at the moment.
And that is something that the United players should get used to.