Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is unhappy with the Christmas fixture list in the Premier League. Van Gaal accepts that Christmas with the family is something he will have to sacrifice as manager of Manchester United.
Van Gaal said that he is sad that he will not get to see his loved ones much during the festive season because of the English game’s traditional heavy schedule at that time of year. He also feels the programme – which includes four games in nine days depending on FA Cup fixtures places an unfair burden on players.
Louis Van Gaal said: “I have a wife, kids and grandchildren and I cannot see them at Christmas“
But Van Gaal is willing to adapt to the conditions to pursue his ambitions with United. He also believes Premier League needs to follow other European countries by introducing a winter break.
He also said: “I am not happy – But I cannot change that. Because I don’t think it’s good for the football players that they play within two days another match. “
“In the December months it shall be like that. We also have families. But I want to work in the Premier League so I have to adapt and I shall adapt. But I don’t think it is good for the players and neither for the families.”
Manchester United’s Christmas fixtures in the Barclays Premier League sees them host Newcastle on Boxing Day and travel to Tottenham two days later. United then will be back in action at Stoke on New Year’s Day and possibly just two days before a FA Cup third-round tie.
Van Gaal believes that his team are at a disadvantage because of their lack of Champions League football. Liverpool were finished second in the Premier League while free of the distractions of European competition during the last season. So there is a feeling that Manchester United could similarly benefit this season but Van Gaal does not see it that way.
Van Gaal said: “You cannot say Chelsea are not used to playing in the Champions League and the Premier League and FA Cup and League Cup. They are used to that and they have all those selections. So i think when you are challenged during the whole season you become better. We have to train to become better. It’s a longer and harder way than to play the games against top opponents.”
Manchester United’s Christmas Fixtures:
26 December: v Newcastle (HOME)
28 December: v Tottenham (AWAY)
1 January: v Stoke (AWAY)
3 January: FA Cup 3rd round
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