Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is the latest to criticise the Christmas fixture period after expressing sadness for not being around his family at such a time, according to Sky
Festive fixture listings can contain up to an incredible four games in just nine days but the Dutchman is not impressed by England’s traditional period of games at this time of year – missing out on time with loved ones but also claiming it is an unfair physical burden on the players.
He said: “I am not happy – but I cannot change it – because I don’t think it is good for the players that they play within two days of a (previous) match – two matches in two days.
“In December it shall be like that. We also have family. I have a wife and kids, and grandchildren, and I cannot see them this Christmas.
“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. It is not good for the players, nor for the family.”
United host Newcastle on Boxing day before heading to London to face Tottenham two days later, going from there to Stoke for their New Year’s Day fixture – with the possibility of an FA Cup Third Round fixture two days after that.
Despite this pile up of games and the top teams also fighting to make the knockout rounds of the Champions League, Van Gaal still believes United are at a disadvantage not competing in Europe – Liverpool finished second without the distraction of European competition.
He feels club’s like Chelsea, who are used to playing in all competitions, would also suffer from not being challenged the whole year round.
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