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Van Gaal Critical Of Christmas Fixtures

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal joined the growing list of critics slamming the busy Christmas period in the English Premier League.

United are preparing to embark on six league matches in December, starting with the visit of Stoke City to Old Trafford on Tuesday.

The Red Devils will also play three league games in the space of eight days over Christmas – Aston Villa (December 20), Newcastle United (December 26) and Tottenham Hotspur (December 28).

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman branded the heavy fixture list “crazy” as he was scathing it last week.

And while the situation is far from ideal for Van Gaal and his players, the Dutch manager is willing to adapt to life in England’s top tier.

“I cannot change it, I don’t think it is good for the players that they play within two days of a match,” the Netherlands boss said.

“December shall be like that, and we have also family. I also have a wife, and kids and grandchildren and I cannot see them at Christmas.”

“But, I want to work in the Premier League so I have to adapt and I shall adapt.”

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