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Louis van Gaal on the busy Christmas schedule, says Falcao is fit


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal calls "ridiculous" the busy Christmas period in the English Premier League.

The Red Devils will play seven games in the coming weeks including a tough away game against Tottenham Hotspur on December 28 and the Dutchman says he is forced to rotate his team to cope with the schedule.

"It [rotation] is probably a solution for that problem, because a lot of matches in so few days is, in my opinion, ridiculous," van Gaal told MUTV.

"That is why I think I have to rotate, but then the players have to be fit and not every player is fit with us.

"We have to play these two matches [Newcastle on 26 December and Tottenham on 28 December] and that is normal in the Premier League. I cannot change that."

Asked if striker Radamel Falcao will be in the starting line-up against Aston Villa on Saturday, the manager said: "He shows fitness in the training sessions.

"Maybe I shall select him for the bench, or maybe I shall select him for the lineup. Wait and see."

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