CRUYFF CRITICISES VAN GAAL AND MOURINHO
The former Barcelona and Ajax boss has
discussed the problems facing the two
managers after Manchester United and Chelsea
both lost over the weekend
Barcelona icon Johan Cruyff has criticised
Manchester United's style under manager Louis
van Gaal and the behaviour of Chelsea boss
United were convincingly beaten 3-0 by Arsenal
on Sunday having gone into the weekend in first
place in the Premier League, with Van Gaal
angry at his players' failure to implement their
game plan following the defeat.
Cruyff, however, claimed the 20-time
champions do not dominate matches as they
should and urged United to play a brand of
football which supporters will appreciate.
"He doesn't dominate. I like dominating football.
Manchester doesn't play like that," he told Sky
"I don't think so [that Van Gaal is too cautious],
but it's strange that against strong teams
they've got good results and with weak teams
they've had difficulties. That's a strange
"But the results I think are second. The game is
first. Money is very important but always
second. In England they play different,
everybody has their own style. A mix of styles
is always good.
"The most important part are the fans, that
people going home are happy. It's their time off
and you should give them something to enjoy."
Cruyff went on to accuse Mourinho of putting
himself in the spotlight too often following
Chelsea's dismal early-season form and
controversy surrounding the manager.
Mourinho had a dispute with his medical staff at
the start of the season, which sawy physio Eva
Carneiro leave the club, while he was also
charged with misconduct by the Football
Association following a post-game rant against
officials after their 3-1 loss to Southampton.
"He's controversial. What I like about him is
he's always capable of creating good ambience
within the players and what I don't like is that
he always puts himself on the first row. He
should be on the second row," Cruyff said of the
former Real Madrid boss.
"It's probably because of his background,
where he's never been cheered by 100,000
people, or whistled at by 100,000 people. Maybe
it's because of that, maybe because of the
interest from the press, but I don't think he is
educating children to play football or educating
"He should behave better because he will be in
the press all over the world.
"With Chelsea I enjoy some individual players,
but I think they have better players on the
bench then playing."
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