Manchester United assistanat coach Ryan Giggs has stated that life under the club's new manager Louis van Gaal is different from Sir Alex Ferguson's regime.
The 40-year-old won 13 Premier League titles as a Red Devils player during Fergie's reign. After the sacking of David Moyes towards the end of last season, Giggs was made the interim manager of the club.
But following the arrival of van Gaal, the Welshman ended his 22-year long playing career and became assistant manager of the club. Giggs spoke on MUTV about the new boss and his "different" managing style.
"It has been different. The manager works in different ways than I have seen before," Giggs said.
van Gaal has introduced a change in the system with a 3-5-2 formation and other training methods. The changes have already shown good results in the International Champions Cup, where United defeated Liverpool 3-1 to clinch the title.
Giggs, who has played 963 games for United, admits that it is a strange feeling not being involved as a player at the club. The Welshman also stressed how difficult it is to resist the urge to join the fellow teammates in training but he insisted that he enjoys watching and analyzing games.
"I have been dying for one of the lads to drop out of training to be fair so that I could join in. I joined in the other day, so I have done one session so far. But I am quite happy standing on the sides, observing and watching everybody work.
"It has been good. I have been analyzing games, presenting to the [players] and it has been a good learning experience. Some of the things I have been doing have been out of my comfort zone but I have really enjoyed it."
Giggs also finds some similarities between van Gaal and Ferguson.
"I do think there are similarities with Fergie, they do have an aura about them that comes from the success they have had. They demand the players respond and they demand respect," Giggs told Fox Sports.
"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."