The legend of Alex Ferguson is still very popular — about how he screamed at players, threw crockery, banned them, fined them, kicked boots at them and when push came to shove, sold them. That was said to be his way of maintaining complete control. He did good things too — cajoled the best out of his big players, made stars out of raw youngsters and dismantled and rebuilt half a dozen winning teams in the long-term.
So as 'The Chosen One' David Moyes comes to terms with his sacking and 'The Special One' Jose Mourinho gets busy trying to find a top-class striker for next season, here's what you need to know about 'The Only One' — Louis Van Gaal. And from what's know of him so far, one thing's for certain, he's no Ferguson — he's worse.
He has the balls and he shows them
"The coach wanted to make clear to us that he can drop any player, it was all the same to him because, as he said, he had the balls," said striker Luca Toni — who played under Van Gaal at Bayern Munich (story is, he wasn't eating his meal sitting upright and that's why Van Gaal tore into him).
So, what did do? "He demonstrated this literally (by dropping his trousers). I have never experienced anything like it, it was totally crazy. Luckily I didn't see a lot, because I wasn't in the front row."
Don't laugh, this is not funny.
If he wins something, he makes an insane speech
Ferguson's famous, "We'll knock em off the f*****g perch" and "noisy neighbours" quotes seem polite ribbing when compared to Van Gaal.
After winning the Bundesliga in 2010, Van Gaal gave this speech (with English subtitles). He said that Bayern were not just the champions of Munich, but of Gelsenkirchen, of Bremen, of Hamburg and all of Germany. He also said they would possibly be champions of Europe (Bayern lost in the finals to Inter Milan). So, imagine him making a speech if Manchester United win the title next year.
'He was here before the world existed'
Ferguson had immense power at his club. According to his rivals it extended to the Premier League, referees and even fixture lists. They had better get ready for an even bigger 'villain'.
He treated Brazil and Barca star Rivaldo and Frank Ribery as if they were bit-part players who just broke into the first team, and he treats his bosses with similar disdain.
One such example is Bayern's Uli Hoeness, who said about him: "Van Gaal's problem is not that he's God, but he's God's very own father. Louis was already there before the world even existed. If you look at the world from that perspective, like Van Gaal does, it is hard to see what the world really looks like."
Van Gaal once said: "I have achieved more with Ajax in six years than Barcelona has in one hundred years."
Maybe only Rajinikanth can compete with Van Gaal.
He hates those who don't listen to him. He hates the press too
"Van Gaal hurt me more than anyone else in football," Brazil defender Lucio once said.
"Van Gaal is the Hitler of the Brazilian players, is arrogant, proud and has a problem. He has no idea of football. His type is sick, he's crazy," Braca striker Giovanni said.
He also pushed Gerard Pique even as his grandfather ,who was also director at the club, was looking on and then told him that he was too weak to play for the Catalans.
One of his most famous quotes during a media interaction was "Am I so smart or are you so stupid?" He constantly snaps at them and it's time for the press buckle up and get ready for an almighty ride next year.
On Manchester United transfers this season, he said: "I say which players I want and which players can leave. But they (United) have to negotiate. I’ve never interfered with transfers."
Updated Date: May 22, 2014 08:45:38 IST