Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says that Jose Mourinho has made the team “far more boring”.
Van Gaal was sacked after two years in charge of United in which they finished fourth and fifth in the Premier League and won the FA Cup.
Mourinho then took over and led United to sixth but picked up two trophies in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.
United are now second but 11 points behind leaders Manchester City after losing 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“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,” Van Gaal is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.
“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.
“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.”