Louis van Gaal is just like Fergie


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal’s apparent lack of fear in offloading big name players is very similar in style to the way Sir Alex Ferguson operated, according to former United star Bryan Robson.

LVG raised a few eyebrows last week by deciding to ditch fellow Dutchman Robin van Persie as well as reading former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes the riot act, letting the Spaniard know it was his way or the highway before adding his name to the clubs list of unwanted players.

“It’s very similar to Sir Alex Ferguson,” Robson said. “Louis van Gaal has been very successful in his career. He has been a bit ruthless with a few of his decisions lately and that is what good managers do.

“At certain stages, managers have to make major decisions and sometimes people have to move on and the manager has got to change things the way he sees it. And that is what he is doing, that’s part of his job – you have to be ruthless at stages.”