Jose Mourinho has voiced his frustration at Manchester United’s congested fixture schedule over the next few months following their 1-0 win over Saint Etienne in the Europa League.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first half goal at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard ensured that Mourinho’s men waltzed through to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Man United’s next game in Europe will come just three days after their visit to Stamford Bridge for the FA Cup quarter final.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to express anger at the decision to place two important encounters so needlessly close together.
Jose: "I cannot go to Chelsea with the second team or U21s like Man City did last year. I cannot do that, we are Manchester United."
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United remain fighting on all four fronts following what turned out to be little more than a noisy training game in France, and their attentions will now turn firmly to the League Cup final with Southampton on Sunday. After that they will receive a rare full week off before meeting with AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
The game against ASSE was their 43rd of the season, and Mourinho has made it clear that he would not field a weakened side in any competition this season. With this in mind, complaining – whilst understandable – serves little purpose. It promises to be an explosive – and indeed very congested – end to the season, but the Portuguese will not be able to cower behind any excuses of having to deal with an overly busy schedule.