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Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has claimed the Red Devils play “far more boring football” now under Jose Mourinho than they did under him. 

The Dutchman, who was in charge at Old Trafford between 2014 and 2016 before being succeeded by Mourinho, also said he’d rather watch Manchester City than United following the Sky Blues’ 2-1 victory at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby on Sunday, per David McDonnell in the Mirror:

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 were always parking the bus. They don’t do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. 

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