Van Gaal slams ‘evil’ schedule

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has described the Premier League schedule as 'evil', and feels English clubs will continue struggling in Europe due to the lack of a winter break.

The Red Devils returned from Russia on Thursday following their 1-1 Group B draw against CSKA Moscow 24 hours earlier, and next head into the Manchester Derby against bitter rivals City on Sunday.

And, Van Gaal feels their 3,200-mile midweek round trip could negatively impact his side when they welcome the Citizens to Old Trafford this weekend.

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

"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."