Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has blamed his side’s subdued seconde-half performance in Sunday’s 0-0 English Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur in Matchday 19 on the congested Christmas schedule.
The Red Devils dominated the first half at White Hart Lane but fell off the pace after the break as both teams failed to find a breakthrough.
The fixture came less than 48 hours after the final whistle was blown at Old Trafford in United’s 3-1 league win over Newcastle United on Boxing Day and the Dutch coach admitted his players had run out of steam.
He said: “I have said one month ago what I think about this [the Christmas period]. It is scientifically proven that the body cannot recover within 48 hours.”
“When you, as an FA, allow that, to play matches [so close together], you see what it is like. The second half was much different to the first half, not only for Manchester United, but also for Tottenham Hotpsur.”
“I think Tottenham Hotspur can play much better than today, and also my team could have played in the second half much better.”