Legendary Dutch player and coach Johan Cruyff has criticised both Louis van Gaal and José Mourinho.
A legend at Ajax and Barcelona as a player and a coach, Cruyff is one of the game’s true geniuses. Pep Guardiola is a pupil of his, the Dutchman is an exponent of ‘total football’.
That’s something, after Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Manchester United on Sunday, Cruyff doesn’t think countryman Louis van Gaal is managing.
“He doesn’t dominate. I like dominating football. Manchester doesn’t play like that,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I don’t think [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 situation.
“But the results I think are second. The game is first. Money is very important but always second.
“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 has never been particularly fond of his fellow outspoken Dutchman, and the latest criticism is hard to contest. Van Gaal’s side at United has, frankly, been a bit boring. They were fun to watch on Sunday, but that was only because Arsenal were injecting pace into the game.
As for Chelsea manager Mourinho, Cruyff was scathing once more.
“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.
“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 for life.
“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.”
Cruyff certainly hasn’t held back, as if he ever would.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger is safe from such criticism. A few years back, Cruyff said the club should never sack the Frenchman.
Outspoken and controversial, there’s one thing that can’t be disputed: Cruyff knows his stuff.