"There will be training days, recovery days, the odd day off if we can squeeze it in. But the games come thick and fast, Christmas is not a period of time that is a fitness issue, it's about recovery making sure players get the rest they need to recuperate and get over any injuries.
Phelan added on www.manutd.com: "We have a big enough squad to cope with most eventualities. There's a game every two or three days not too dissimilar to what it's like in the season, to be fair but it can be a hectic period." What are your predictions for the festive games? Have your say.