Louis van Gaal gives his thought on Jose Mourinho, Manchester United and Manchester City

Louis van Gaal was shown the exit door at Manchester United, just days after he won the FA Cup in 2016.

Louis van Gaal
Jose Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal at Manchester United Reuters

Ex-Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has taken a dig at his former club after suggesting the Red Devils are "more boring" under Jose Mourinho than they were during his tenure at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman was in charge of the Red Devils for two seasons from 2014 to 2016. He helped United win the FA Cup, which was his last game in charge at the club. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager was released days after he helped United win the FA Cup in 2016.

Mourinho was Van Gaal's former assistant at Barcelona. The Portuguese tactician was offered the role at United in the summer of 2016. The ex-Red Devils coach has stressed that he prefers to watch Pep Guardiola's Manchester City over United due to the former's style of play.

"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 told Fox Sports Netherlands.

"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."

"I would rather watch City play than United. You need quality in a squad and it's clear City have a better squad."

Van Gaal's comments were made after United suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of City in the league clash at Old Trafford. It was their first home defeat since September 2016, which was also against Guardiola's side.