Louis van Gaal confirmed in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon that he will award his players with a Christmas Day break from training due to their hard work in recent weeks, according to the Daily Mirror.
Manchester United will welcome Newcastle United on Boxing Day, however will have to be fresher than ever before if they are hoping to beat Alan Pardew's travelling side who come off the back of a devastating Tyne-Wear derby defeat.
It is something that United players are very unused to at Carrington Park. Sir Alex Ferguson always used to have the squad in on Christmas Day after the players had spent the morning with their families and so too did David Moyes last year but Louis van Gaal respects the fact that squad members have family members to attend to and has given the team the day off.
When speaking to the media in a press conference on Tuesday, the Dutchman explained: “I have changed that, I have given them free time and Christmas day with the family.
"We shall come together the next day here at our Aon Training Complex. Then we will have all of the meetings like we have done all season.
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“I believe in a total human being so the environment is also important. I think they are more pleased to be at home with their wives and children.
"I hope they shall give everything to beat the opponent then.”
Whilst in charge of the Netherlands national team this time last year, van Gaal spent the day with his family on the 25th December and believes that his players should experience the same delight and freedom.
“When you are a national team coach then you don’t have to do anything at Christmas because in the Netherlands the players are also free and have holiday so it is only right to give my players a break," van Gaal said.
Red Devils forward Wayne Rooney credited the manager for his kindness and commented: “We're not actually training on Christmas Day this year because we'll be spending it at home, which will be good for the foreign players and those of us with children."