Van Gaal irked by United's schedule

Manchester: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has bemoaned the lack of time at his disposal as he attempts to nurse an injury-plagued squad through his first Christmas in English football.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal

United have just 43 hours between their 3-1 Boxing Day victory over Newcastle and their visit to Tottenham today. It is a piece of fixture scheduling that clearly has not impressed the ex-Dutch national team manager, who said: “I can’t prepare my team like I have to prepare. We have unit meetings, we have team meetings, we have a training session, 11 against 11, simulating the opponents. We can’t do that now. We have to play within 48 hours. In UEFA and FIFA, it is forbidden to play within 48 hours, but it is England, so it’s different!”

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