Analyzing The Differences Between Louis van Gaal And Sir Alex Ferguson

The differences between van Gaal and Ferguson may have been exaggerated a little in the above. van Gaal take risks and lets his feelings be known. Ferguson conceived tactical master plans and used his brain in moments of chaos. Nevertheless, their basic conception of soccer and their attitude toward its contingent nature seems to be very different. If the one puts emphasis on the brain and rationality, the other encouraged the use of intuition and considered feelings to be fuel. If one wants to control contingency, the other wanted to play with it. If one likes to anticipate, the other wanted to seize the moment. If one rarely gets off his seat during matches, the other often stood by the touchline either instructing, encouraging, or “hairdrying” his players, or giving the referee a dressing, or manipulating the fourth official into adding an extra minute or two of injury time. If the one has a background as a schoolteacher, the other has a background in the shipyards and factories of Glasgow.

Their differences and their different approaches to soccer combined with their common history of winning titles show us that there are many ways to win. The fascinating thing is just that: We are drawn to the winners, and we are intrigued by their different “philosophies.”

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