BBC reporter Simon Stone spent 90 minutes interviewing Louis van Gaal last week in Portugal.
I spent 90 minutes with Louis van Gaal in Portugal last week. Entertaining and fascinating at the same time. His thoughts on @ManUtd and other things will be on @BBCSport website later this afternoon.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) March 26, 2019
The former Manchester United manager revealed that the only real difference between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and José Mourinho is that the former is winning games. Pretty big difference, right?
Solskjaer got the job as caretaker manager in December and has won 14 of his 19 games in charge, enough to properly reignite our season to challenge for a top four finish and with Champions League hopes still alive and well.
Compare that to earlier on in the season when it appeared as though Mourinho would fight with his own shadow…
Ultimately, Van Gaal is not convinced the Norweigan has changed much since taking over, suggesting that United’s style of play is still the same.
“The coach after me [Mourinho] changed to park-the-bus tactics and played on the counter,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport. “Now there is another coach who parks the bus and plays on the counter. The main difference between Mourinho and Solskjaer is that Solskjaer is winning.
“I am not there but there does look to be a chance and the atmosphere seems to be better. It is also true that Solskjaer has changed Paul Pogba’s position and put him into an area where he is much more important.
“But the way Manchester United are playing now is not the way Ferguson played. It is defensive, counter-attacking football. If you like it, you like it. If you think it is more exiting than my boring attacking, OK. But it is not my truth.”
Results are what matter most and that’s not even up for debate.
Van Gaal knows this but to claim United’s style hasn’t changed under Solskjaer is silly. It clearly has.