Louis Van Gaal – The most Experienced Manager
Louis Van Gaal is one of the experienced managers involved football and he has been in charge of clubs in Germany, Spain and Holland.
Coming to England for the first time with Manchester United, the Dutchman experienced the lack of a winter break during the league season for the first time in his career. Even tougher was the fact that United have had to deal with playing in the space of 48 hours after Boxing Day. After entertaining Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Boxing Day, United travelled to White Hart Lane to take on Tottenham.
Van Gaal said that it was simply not ideal for the players and it showed during the drab 0-0 draw. United looked short of energy in the second half and were on the back foot for much of the last 45 minutes. He has quoted the rules from UEFA which demands at least 48 hours before the next kick-off. Since United’s match against Tottenham will be live on television, it kicks off much earlier than other matches. Thus, the Red Devils have even lower recovery time than some of the clubs at the top like Chelsea and Manchester City. Despite Van Gaal complaining about the lack of recovery times, he named the same starting line-up against Tottenham.
“Everybody knows that a body cannot recover within 48 hours. Therefore, there is a rule at Uefa and Fifa that you cannot play games [in that time]. That’s scientifically proven. Everybody knows that and, in spite of that, we have to play. It’s the culture of England.I don’t mind but it is not good for the health of the players and it is not good for the game because I think the FA, and also the fans, want attractive games. You have seen the second half [at Tottenham],” said Van Gaal.