Festive season in the Premier League is a very tricky period for all the clubs. It is that time of the year, when fixtures come thick and fast and managers need to be at their best with regards to squad management.
Breaking away from tradition, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has decided to give his players a break on Christmas Day. Traditionally, under Sir Alex Ferguson and then under David Moyes, December 25 was a working day for all the players.
The omens are good for a Chelsea side heading into Christmas top of the Premier League tree but manager Jose Mourinho does not want to give title rivals Manchester City any reason to cheer over the festive season.
Many Premier League managers highlight the importance of negotiating the hectic Christmas period, but Manchester City`s Manuel Pellegrini is in a relaxed mood with his side trailing leaders Chelsea by three points.
Arsenal and injuries have gone hand in hand over the last decade when the Gunners have had more players spending lengthy spells on the sidelines than many of their Premier League rivals, a study has shown.
Spanish striker David Silva has backed Manchester City to put pressure on current Premier League leaders Chelsea after removing Jose Mourinho's men's lead over the past month, and has also warned the Londoners that they could slip up at Stoke City in Monday's encounter.