Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has slammed Jose Mourinho‘s ‘boring football’ following the side’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
Van Gaal, 66, whom Mourinho succeeded at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, was himself criticised for negative tactics during his tenure at United, but has hit out at the Portuguese’s style this season.
The Dutchman admits he would rather watch Pep Guardiola‘s City and believes the Premier League leaders have significantly more quality in their squad.
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‘I would rather watch City play than United,’ Van Gaal said in the wake of United’s Manchester derby defeat.
‘You need quality in a squad and it’s clear City have a better squad.
‘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, who has been out of a job since his dismissal at United, defended his own tactics while in charge of the Red Devils
‘We played football that was quite alright. But it’s not football that is appreciated in England,’ he said.
‘And yet, right now, looking at United, I have to conclude Mourinho is not being criticised 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.’
The ex-Bayern Munich boss insists he has no problem with Mourinho, but criticised Ed Woodward for the manner in which he dealt with his sacking.
‘He [Mourinho] is not an awful man. In fact, I think he is a sympathetic guy. He was my assistant at Barcelona,’ Van Gaal said.
‘I worked with him and what Mourinho did [taking his job] is what often happens in football.’
‘I have more problems with the CEO, Ed Woodward. He never discussed anything with me – and you can talk about anything with me.
‘With all my experience, I know the unwritten laws of football. A club has to prepare for the future.
‘I can understand that and they should have approached me. Ed could talk to me but he did not.
‘My wife had to find out when she was in the lift with Woodward’s family.’
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