English Premiership

LvG calls United far more boring under Mourinho

2017-12-12 07:24
Louis van Gaal (AFP)

Cape Town - 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."

United next face Bournemouth on Wednesday evening at home at Old Trafford aiming to close the 11 point gap to Man City who travel to Swansea.

Kick off is at 22:00.

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