Former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal never got to the end of his famous "three-year plan". Soon after the Red Devils' F.A Cup win in 2016, the Dutchman was unceremoniously chucked from Old Trafford for his boring playing style, underwhelming transfer dealings and lack of Premier League progress.
Fast forward almost two years, and Jose Mourinho could be on the same trajectory. Having spent £300 million since taking over, the Portuguese's United team lies eleven points behind their local rivals City.
What's more, following their derby day loss on Sunday many are putting the boot into Mourinho's ultra-cautious playing style – including Van Gaal.
"I would rather watch City play than United," he's quoted as saying in The Mirror.
"You need quality in a squad and it's clear City have a better squad," he added.
"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."
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