Man United boss slams Premier League over Christmas fixtures

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hit out at the Premier League’s Christmas fixtures, Sky Sports reports.

The Red Devils boss is unhappy he will be unable to visit his family during the festive period, but is willing to adapt in order to push up the table.

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“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,” Van Gaal said.

“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 will host Newcastle at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, before travelling to White Hart Lane to face Tottenham Hotspur only two nights later.

And on New Year’s day Van Gaal’s men go to Stoke City, which could be just two days before a FA Cup third-round clash.