Louis Van Gaal has claimed that Manchester United plays “far more boring football” under Jose Mourinho. Van Gaal claims his style of play was more attractive at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal was in charge of the Manchester-based club from 2014 to 2016, before being succeeded by Jose Mourinho. Van Gaal also admitted that he’ll prefer watching Manchester City play rather than watching United play following the Citizens victory against the Red Devils on Sunday.
Van Gaal in an interview with Fox Sports Holland, said: “I would rather watch City play than United. 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.”
“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. What United produce now is defensive football. I always played attacking football. The proof is that the opposition was always parking the bus. They don’t do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive.”
Manchester United fell 11 points behind their local rivals in the title race against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who is looking forward to further extending their lead. United are second in the table, 3 points ahead of the defending champions Chelsea. Manchester United have netted 36 goals this season, 13 goals less than the 2015-16 campaign, when Van Gaal was in charge of the club.
Van Gaal succeeded David Moyes at the club and guided the Red Devils to a fourth-place finish in the 2014-15 campaign, followed by a fifth-place finish in the 2015-16 campaign. Van Gaal received a lot of criticism for his unexcseem style of Football. And while the former Barcelona manager won the 2015-16 FA Cup, while in charge of the Red Devils, his happiness was short-lived as he was sacked just 24 hours after winning the FA Cup.
Louis Van Gaal: "I would rather watch City play than United. 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 Mourinho plays so defensive." pic.twitter.com/NJy6jvkM6t
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Van Gaal said he had no problem with Mourinho taking his place at the club. But he cannot say the same for United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. But the 66-year old further added: “He [Mourinho] is not an awful man. In fact, I think he is a sympathetic guy and he was my assistant at Barcelona.
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.They said something like This is going to be awkward for Ed,” said Van Gaal. My wife had sussed them out ages ago. She warned me that something was going on.’’
I don’t agree with the fact that Mourinho plays boring football. Jose Mourinho is undoubtedly a tactical masterclass and plays one of the interesting football. He’s a kind of manager which focuses more on player’s strength rather than his weakness. Playing in different leagues is really hard due to the difference in style. But it doesn’t seem to be a challenge for this man and Mourinho has brilliantly built teams and has played the kind of football that has succeeded in every league.
Even Cristiano Ronaldo had to say once that he considers Sir Alex Ferguson as his, “father in football” and Mourinho as the “world’s best coach.”
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