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Louis Van Gaal: I wanted Manchester United to play like Manchester City

Almost two years on from leaving Old Trafford, the Dutchman has again made his feelings on the matter clear.

The 66-year-old was in charge of United from 2014 until 2016 and won the FA Cup shortly before he was dismissed and replaced by Jose Mourinho.

Van Gaal accused Mourinho's team of playing "boring football" following their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City in December and also criticised the Portuguese for his treatment of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

"I am not disappointed with José Mourinho".

Van Gaal, however, was more critical of United's Woodward, who fired him a few days after the FA Cup success at Wembley.

"What I find wrong is when a CEO says we're totally happy with you, do not believe the press".

"Jose wanted that too and was given the opportunity to do so although he was sacked when he was 13th with a fantastic side like Chelsea. I am not accusing him of any wrongdoing but, on the other hand, my team had just come fourth".

United had finished the 2015/16 Premier League season in fifth place, meaning they would once again drop out of the Champions League after Van Gaal had returned them to the competition during his first season at the club. I still do not blame him'.

Despite attempting to make his peace with Mourinho, Van Gaal singled out Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola for special praise. For good measure, Van Gaal claims that he would have gotten it right at Old Trafford, if only he were given more time.

"Pep Guardiola is for me now the best coach in the Premier League", he told Bild.

'Pep made City a machine. He plays the football that I wanted to play with Manchester United. "Unfortunately, I did not have the time for that".



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