Louis van Gaal believes Manchester United have gone backwards under Jose Mourinho and branded their style of play “boring”.

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Van Gaal took charge of Manchester United in 2014 and was often criticised for his style of play before being sacked in 2016, just days after lifting the FA Cup trophy.

Speaking after Manchester United’s defeat to rivals Manchester City on Sunday, Van Gaal told the Daily Mirror, “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.”

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