Former United manager slams Mourinho

Former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has blasted current Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho for his negative style of play.

In an interview featured in The Mirror the 66-year-old Dutchman said:

“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,”

“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 criticised while it’s far more boring football.



“I would rather watch City play than United. You need quality in a squad and it’s clear City have a better squad.

“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.”

Any accusations of boring football coming from Van Gaal of course need to be taken with a piece of salt, considering the absolutely dire performances his United side served up during his two seasons in the Premier League.

Ironically, one of Red Devils fans biggest problems with the Dutchman’s side, was the mind numbing sterile possession that resulted in low scoring and hard to watch games week-in-week out.



Mourinho certainly has his fair share of critics, but that is more around his tactics in big games as he has shown that he is prepared to attack against lesser opposition, and his team have scored the second most amounts of goals in the Premier League this season.

This is more than likely purely sour grapes from Van Gaal who is said to be furious with how United handled his sacking and the subsequent hiring of Mourinho.

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