Wayne Rooney calls for change in gruelling Christmas fixture list

• Too many matches a slog, says Manchester United captain
• ‘It will probably take someone getting a bad injury’
• Match report: Tottenham 0-0 Manchester United

Wayne Rooney has called for the Premier League’s crowded festive schedule to change but fears the authorities will act only when a player is seriously injured.

The Manchester United and England captain was one of many players to start two matches in the space of 48 hours – he completed the 90 minutes of the 3-1 Boxing Day home win over Newcastle United and the 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

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