Louis van Gaal Manchester United coach blames schedule for struggles in Europe

English clubs have struggled in the UCL in recent years, and Van Gaal believes the fixture schedule in England is to be blamed

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Manchester United FC coach, Louis Van Gaal

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Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has blamed the ‘evil’ schedule of the English Premier League for their struggles in Europe.

United this season have just four points from three games after their 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, October 21 in the UEFA Champions League.

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English clubs have struggled in the UCL in recent years, and Van Gaal believes the fixture schedule in England is to be blamed.

"There is no winter break and I think that is the most evil thing of this culture," Van Gaal said.

"It's not good. It's not good for English football. It's not good for the clubs or the national team. I think you should change it.

  play Anthony Martial grabbed a late equaliser for Manchester United against CSKA Moscow (Reuters)


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

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The Manchester United manager however said that it is possible for an English club to win a league and UCL double.

"It is always possible. I have done that [with Ajax] but I also lost when we were champions in Germany, when we lost the Champions League final," Van Gaal continued.

  play Louis van Gaal lost the UEFA Champions League final during his days at Bayern Munich (Bongarts/Getty Images via Daily Mail)


"It is harder these days. The Premier League is the most difficult league to win, because of the high level of the teams.

"You cannot beat a team easily. Every team is a challenge. It is a rat race, and then you have to play in the European Cup.

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"It's not so easy, and that is why English teams over the last few years have not won the Champions League, because of the difference in the leagues."

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