Van Gaal – a man entitled to be embittered towards Mourinho due to the nature of his own departure from Old Trafford – has added insult to injury by criticising United’s style of play.
The Dutchman’s own ‘philosophy’ at Old Trafford drew many detractors; his side infamously went on a long, poor goalscoring run at home and it was this form which was the beginning of the end. Despite this, Van Gaal has launched a swipe at Mourinho’s style of football, even going so far as to bizarrely suggest that the Portuguese boss has escaped criticism from the media.
“I would rather watch City play than United,” Van Gaal said. “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 criticized 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 were always parking the bus. They don’t do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive.”
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