Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has accused his successor at Old Trafford Jose Mourinho for playing “far more boring football” than when he managed the club.
Van Gaal, 66, managed United for two seasons from 2014-16 and won the FA Cup in his final match.
On the other hand, United never challenged for the Premier League title under his tenure, and also failed to qualify for the Champions League in his second season. Additionally, the Dutchman was also heavily criticised for a negative style of play during his spell in charge of United.
However, Van Gaal now says that Man United under Mourinho plays a “defensive” style of football, while adding that he prefers watching Manchester City, who beat the Red Devils on Sunday to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to 11 points.
“If you ask me how did I do at United, I will say it was my best year ever, given the circumstances I was working under,” Van Gaal told Fox Sports Netherlands. “We played football that was quite alright. But it’s not football that is appreciated in England.”
“And yet, right now, looking at United, I have to conclude Mourinho is not being criticized while it’s far more boring football.”
“What United produce now is defensive football. I always played attacking football. The proof is that the opposition were always parking the bus. They don’t do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive.”
Mourinho had been Van Gaal’s assistant at FC Barcelona and Dutchman also makes it clear that he had no problems with the Portuguese coach.
“He [Mourinho] is not an awful man,” Van Gaal said. “In fact, I think he is a sympathetic guy. He was my assistant at Barcelona.I worked with him and what Mourinho did [taking his job] is what often happens in football.”