Louis van Gaal isn’t particularly impressed looking at Manchester United’s fixture list over the coming weeks.
United play 7 games over the next 31 days, starting with the visit of Mark Hughes’s Stoke City to Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
Van Gaal has coached before in Spain, Germany and Holland where the players generally look forward to the festive period to rejuvenate and regroup for the second part of the season.
Van Gaal will also have to miss out on his usual family get-togethers, but accepts it is as a part of his life after wanting to test himself in the Premier League.
“I’m not happy because I do not agree with that (the December fixture list). I cannot change that but I don’t think it’s good for the football players that they play within two days another match. In the December months, it shall be like that.”
“We also have families. I don’t think it is good for players, neither for the families. I also 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 with United out of the Capital One Cup and no Champions League football to contend with this season, Van Gaal’s side could have the upper hand in the title race but he doesn’t think so.
“No, I don’t think so. It depends on the injuries and the other clubs are also used to playing in the Champions League,” Van Gaal said.
“You cannot say Chelsea are not used to playing in the Champions League, the Premier League, the League Cup and the FA Cup. They are used to that and they have all those selections for that.”
“When you are challenged during the whole season, you become better and we have to train to become better. It’s a longer way to improve than if you play games against top opponents.”
“Winning for a top club like Manchester United is the most important thing in a week or a day, especially when we are in fourth position in the league table.”
“We need to win otherwise others will overtake you. Of course I had hoped we would win against Hull, but we have to win also against Stoke City. But in the Premier League, nothing is easy.
“You see Liverpool struggling against Stoke City on Saturday, only scoring in the 85th minute. When you see Arsenal struggling also against West Bromwich Albion. They could have lost. Every game is difficult.
“That’s why the Premier League is exciting because you never know.”
“There is also an atmosphere in the stadiums and the fans are always supporting their team until the end and that’s fantastic and that’s why I want to work here in the Premier League, because of the atmosphere.”
The recent wins against Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Hull City is the longest winning sequence United have put together under Van Gaal and with other teams getting closer and closer to United in the league table, it has become extremely essential to secure the 3 points against Stoke City to continue this winning run.