Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes their football has become too defensive with Jose Mourinho at the helm.
Van Gaal spent two seasons at Old Trafford and brought home the FA Cup in 2016, although he was sacked just two days after that triumph for failing to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
The Dutchman was often criticised for being too cautious during his spell in charge of the Red Devils, but he claims that Mourinho isn’t faring any better, despite winning the EFL Cup and Europa League titles in his debut campaign at the club.
Mourinho’s side dropped 11 points behind league leaders Manchester City after Sunday’s 2-1 defeat in the 175th Manchester derby.
“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 the Daily Mirror.
“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.”
Many fans were quick to disagree with the veteran Dutchman.
Van gaal says united are boring under Mourinho funny he says that. I remember a guy fell asleep sat next to me at old trafford when Van gaal was the manager that's all u need to know.
— Faraz (@Farazlito) December 11, 2017
Still WELL better than van Gaal. Those days will haunt me until the day I die.
— Gaz (@CantonaManc) December 10, 2017
Van Gaal genuinely believes he played attacking football doesn’t he? The man is a complete joke. Played football on par with Moyes. No one feared us. Teams knew we offered no threat going forward and they’d get at least one clear cut chance to win the match. Embarrassing
— Alex (@Alex94_mufc) December 11, 2017
But what do you think?