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Van Gaal hits out at ‘boring’ Mourinho

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted the club have gone backwards and now play ‘more boring’ football under Jose Mourinho.

Van Gaal spent two years as United manager in what could be described as a strange period for the club. He took part in one of the most exciting transfer windows in the club’s history during his first season at the club, signing stars such as Falcao and Di Maria.

Both players left the club after just one season, and United finished 4th whilst winning no silverware. His second season wasn’t so forgiving though with his style of play often criticised and labelled boring despite winning the FA Cup.

However, almost 18 months after being sacked by United, Van Gaal clearly still holds some sort of grudge against the Red Devils and has insisted the team plays less entertaining football under Jose Mourinho.

He told Fox Sports in Holland: “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 criticized 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.”

Van Gaal admitted he still holds a grudge towards United chief executive Ed Woodward over the manner of how he was sacked.

“He (Woodward) 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.”
[Quotes via Sky Sports]