Manchester United Star Reveals How Jose Mourinho Is Like Louis Van Gaal

Jose Mourinho and Louis Van Gaal
Jose Mourinho, left, and Louis van Gaal, Munich, Germany, August 13, 2010. Daley Blind believes there are similarities between Mourinho and Van Gaal. CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty

Jose Mourinho's work ethic at Manchester United is comparable with his predecessor Louis van Gaal, according to Daley Blind.

Blind was signed at Old Trafford from Ajax in 2014 by fellow Dutchman Van Gaal, working under him for two seasons before Mourinho took over at United in the summer.

Training with the Portuguese coach has seen Blind, 26, draw similarities between the two managers.

"I am fortunate enough to have worked with a number of big coaches. I learn a lot from Mourinho on a daily basis and he is a good guy," Blind told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

"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. Everybody likes it when your boss shows an interest in you."

Blind has played a vital role for Mourinho in his first months at United, acting as a utility man in defense and midfield.

United, sixth in the Premier League, is nine points short of leaders Chelsea, but Blind believes the club is heading in the right direction under Mourinho.

"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.

"But I think we are on the right path as a team."