Garde took over at the Claret and Blues last week, and he is under immediate pressure to transform the side’s fortunes.
Villa have not won since the opening day of the season, and that terrible run of form has left them propping up the Premier League table.
And Winterburn feels that the only way Villa will get out of their current predicament is if Garde manages to strike the right balance between foreign flair and English grit.
“I would say that the type of football Remi Garde wants to play will be quite technical,” Winterburn said. “He’ll like to move the ball around, but he’ll also be realistic with his team. He knows that Aston Villa need to pick up points quickly.
“What Remi Garde is going to have to work out very quickly is that he might want to get more technical players, but he needs to get that ‘English spirit’ in with that foreign flair. If he goes one way or the other too much, it won’t work for him.”
Garde took charge of his first Villa match at the weekend, and he helped them claim a highly credible point against Manchester City.
The Claret and Blues drew 0-0 with City, in a performance which was much improved on the displays which they have put in since the start of the season.
The task for Villa will be to build on that display after the international break, as they look to close the five-point gap to safety.