Wayne Rooney has complained about the Christmas schedule after United played two games in less than 48 hours. The second half at White Hart Lane was particularly poor, with Louis van Gaal referring to it as a “struggle for life”, leading Rooney to call for the fixtures to change next year.

It’s not easy playing two games in three days. You do lose a lot of quality from both teams and the second half was a bit scrappy. In the future, I think it [the schedule] has to change because it is tough and no-one wants to see any players getting really bad injuries from it. It is very demanding and I think it needs looking at. It’s tough for the fans, too, travelling over Christmas, with the weather we’ve had over the last few days. But that is how it is. We have to deal with that and we have to try to cope. As a player, you want to play and to try to help the team win.