Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze has taken another swipe at Manchester United and former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Asked to compare the two clubs, Heinze told Onda Madrid: "Real is different from Manchester. At Madrid, people get along better, there's more openness.
"Manchester is a closed club and everything is about competition, which is the philosophy of the coach."
On playing in the Premiership, the Argentina international added: "They (England) play forcefully, but are very fair. Between the players there's much respect, the referees speak a lot with the players and that also helps.
"Here (Spain) you try to talk and they (referees) remain silent, or you get a card."
Heinze, who only moved to Real after United blocked his dream switch to Liverpool in the summer, told Onda Cero: "Manchester never believed a big-name club would ever want me. Thanks to God I can't ask for anything more."
However, the Old Trafford favourite also said: "I love English football because it allowed me to play at my best. I learned how to be a football professional. That said, in Spain they play a lot more football. Football there is very fast, while here there is a lot more talent. I really like Madrid a lot. Having the sun shine every day is priceless."