Ryan Giggs likens Louis van Gaal to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Ryan Giggs charms the new United manager while on pre-season tour of USA

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Louis van Gaal shares many similarities with former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, according to Ryan Giggs.

Ferguson won thirteen Premier League titles, five FA Cups, four League Cups and lifted the Champions League twice during his twenty-seven year reign at Old Trafford.

Giggs was tasked with managing the Red Devils for four games last season after David Moyes was dismissed in acrimonious fashion.

The United legend, however, believes the club have now found the right man to make them a European force once more after a disastrous campaign under Moyes.

Having managed Barcelona, Bayern Munich and the Netherlands national team, van Gaal appears to have the pedigree required for the job.

"I do think there are similarities with Fergie," Giggs revealed. "They do have an aura about them. That comes from the success they have had.

"They demand the players respond and they demand respect.

"His CV speaks for itself. He has managed at big clubs and he is coming into the job off a successful World Cup so already, recently, he has shown what he can do.

"The players have responded to that. In the short space of time I have worked with Louis you can see why he has been a success.

"He is infectious. He wants everything right from the first minute of training to the last.

"Everything he does is clear, and everyone gets it straight away. He has got a unique way of putting it over but it's brilliant to see it at first hand.

"It's quite simple but if you make a mistake he will tell you and if you do something good he will tell you. You know what you are doing wrong and you know what you are doing right. He makes no bones about who you are."

Following a 7-0 victory over LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl Stadium on Thursday, the Red Devils now head to Denver, Washington and Detroit where they'll face Roma, Inter Milan and Real Madrid before returning to England.