Nigel Pearson is just like Alex Ferguson, says Leicester City defender Ritchie De Laet
Defender Ritchie De Laet said manager Nigel Pearson is putting his own stamp on Leicester City, and compared him to his former boss at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson.
De Laet, who spent three years at Old Trafford before joining City in the summer, said there were some similarities between Pearson and Ferguson in their approach to man management.
He also praised Pearson's ability to instil confidence in his players.
"Nigel is a great manager as well, and he is still relatively young as a manager," said Belgium international De Laet.
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"He has put his stamp on the team now. He is getting the players he wants and the training sessions are the same as at United.
"He likes us to keep the ball, as does Ferguson. There is something there that is similar.
"Nigel knows when he has to tell you something and you know if you have done something wrong, but he also puts confidence into you.
"He just knows the right time to say something to you, which is great for the players.
"It is a bit different because Ferguson doesn't take the training sessions. He stands there and watches, and maybe has a laugh.
"He will do his speech before a game and he doesn't go around the group to tell them what to do.
"They know what they need to do, and it is more the assistant manager that goes round.
"Here at Leicester it is everyone, the goalkeeping coach, the assistant manager as well as Nigel."
De Laet was one of eight former United players who was in action on Sunday when Hull visited the King Power Stadium.
City's Ben Marshall, Danny Drinkwater and Matty James all came through the United academy system, while Hull's James Chester, Corey Evans, Ben Amos and Joe Dudgeon have all been at Old Trafford.
"Whoever we play, there always seems to be a United player in the team," said De Laet.
"I know Chester, Evans, Amos and Dudgeon from United, and Cameron Stewart, who we faced last Wednesday in the Burnley team. There are loads.
"Manchester is a big club and not everyone goes through and makes it into the first team.
"They are still good players and they will get chances somewhere else. That is when we meet each other.
"There is a good set-up at United to develop players. It is tough to get into first team so, if you are a good player and you are not getting game-time, then you have to go somewhere else."