Steinsson played for Van Gaal at AZ Alkmaar.
â€śVan Gaal is not just a manager,â€ť Steinsson told the Manchester Evening News. â€śHe becomes a father figure for players. He looks after them and looks after the staff.
â€śIn that way he is just like Sir Alex Ferguson was with a lot of his players. You hear about Fergusonâ€™s hair dryer treatment and you hear about Van Gaalâ€™s emotional outbursts at half-time and after a game.
â€śBut itâ€™s only because they care about the players and the people they work with. They want the best out of them.
â€śThey both have extremely high standards and work hard at what they do. They expect nothing less in return.
â€śIf they can do it, they expect other people around them to do the same. Van Gaal will demand a lot of the players but only because he sets his standards so high, just like Ferguson did.
â€śThatâ€™s why he will fit so perfectly into United. I never had any first-hand experience of Ferguson but reading interviews by him and also his book, you see a lot of comparisons.
â€śVan Gaal is a disciplinarian. He expects players to work within the rules and if they do that then you will have no problem with him.
â€śHe will be a perfect fit for what United need now. They need to renovate the squad. But they need someone strong who can bring in players and have the pedigree to attract top players even though United are not in the Champions League. He is someone who can do that."
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