Van Gaal: Premier League without a winter break is ‘evil’

Date published: Friday 23rd October 2015 8:46

Louis van Gaal wants a winter break introducing into the Premier League and has branded the current schedule “evil”.

The Manchester United chief believes the packed English schedule is not helping United, their top-flight rivals or the England national team.

“There is no winter break and I think that is the most evil thing of this culture. It is not good for English football,” said Van Gaal.

“It is not good for the clubs or the national team. I think you should change it.

“England haven’t won anything for how many years? Because all the players are exhausted at the end of the season.”

Van Gaal also admitted the injury problems that were so severe at the start of last term were down to him.

Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Jonny Evans, Luke Shaw, Rafael, Michael Carrick and Angel di Maria all suffered injury problems throughout the season.

“That was my fault,” said Van Gaal, who put his players through punishing double training sessions on their tour of the United States shortly after he took over.

“I was training them harder but they were not used to training like that. I am convinced you have to train, now they are used to that step.

“I also let players go because of that and I buy new players.

“I think they are more used to my training sessions. You can see that with the new players. You can see which players are always injured.

“In my career I never had injuries like that. I have always preferred small selections (squads). I think I have the smallest selection in the Premier League.”

When asked whether he thought his squad was too small, Van Gaal said: “No, it is not otherwise I would have had a bigger squad. I believe in smaller squads because you need perspective otherwise the motivation is a doubt.

“Last season we had 24 players. We sold 15 players and bought five. This year we sold again and sent on loan 10 players and only six players we bought.

“I think 22 players and three goalkeepers is enough so I am still one short.”

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