Manchester United’s Daley Blind has told De Telegraaf there are similarities between Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho but that the Portuguese is “all about winning.”
Versatile Blind has featured in 10 Premier League games for Manchester United this season under Mourinho, despite the manager saying in the summer that he prefers “specialist” rather than “multi-functional” players.
Blind was signed by former United manager Van Gaal in summer 2014, having worked with the coach for the Netherlands national team.
“I am fortunate enough to have worked with a number of big coaches,” he said. “I learn a lot from Mourinho on a daily basis and he is a good guy.
“He is pretty similar to Van Gaal when it comes to their commitment to the team. They used to work together so I reckon that is no coincidence.
Jose Mourinho has used Daley Blind at centre-back and left-back this season.
“Everybody likes it when your boss shows an interest in you. Mourinho earned himself the nickname ‘The Special One’ because of everything he has achieved. He is an excellent coach who has an eye for details. He is very strong tactically.
“But his philosophy is slightly different to that of Van Gaal. He is very direct – it is all about winning.”
However, United have won just nine of Mourinho’s 18 competitive matches in charge to date. They are fighting to stay in the Europa League this week, hosting Feyenoord on Thursday.