Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has described new Red Devils boss, Louis van Gaal, as a ‘mad genius’ who has brought the fear factor back to Old Trafford.
Scholes has won 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions Leagues in ten years at United, but retired in 2013 and recently joined BT Sport’s team of pundits.
“I haven’t really come across him a lot,” said Scholes, who was part of Ryan Giggs' assistants following the sacking of David Moyes.
“From what I’ve seen in pre-season he looks a bit mad to me. He’s a bit like a mad genius, he looks a bit crazy.
“I think he’s brought a bit of fear back into the players, which is no bad thing. I played for 20 years for Sir Alex Ferguson and he could be a scary man. Sometimes fear can bring performances out from you.
“There’s no doubt these players need to perform this year or they won’t be there for very long. Players will know where they stand, which is what you want. You knew where you stood with Sir Alex Ferguson.
“This manager has great experience with proper clubs and has been successful. Hopefully he can bring a bit of that to us.”
Scholes insists Van Gaal has already done a great job to lift the player’s confidence with a much better pre-season than under David Moyes last summer.
“They didn’t have a great season. Confidence was at an all-time low,” he added.
“I think this manager has brought the confidence back. You can’t take a lot from pre-season games but if you look back to last year it was a bit of a shambles. They got beat by an all-star Singha XI or something. Those things don’t happen to United.”
Manchester United start the new Premier League campaign against Swansea on Saturday.
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