Jose Mourinho has given his thoughts on Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Swansea City in the Premier League, noting that fatigue played a monumental role in determining the nature of his side’s performance.
Man United made a stilted, lethargic start to the game but managed to take the lead on the stroke of half time, with Wayne Rooney converting from the spot.
Paul Clement’s side grabbed a deserved equaliser through a sensational Gylfi Sigurdsson free-kick with 11 minutes remaining.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, was quick to make note of the difference in energy levels between the two sides.
“We lost players and we lost points, so yes today was a bad day,” he said. “We did not look tired and exhausted; we are tired and exhausted.
“You cannot isolate the performance out of the context. This is the ninth match of April, it is not human.
“I am more than happy with the players, they gave everything they could. I have zero criticism.”
United have played 19 more games than Swansea this season; that’s half an entire campaign. Many may be tired of hearing Mourinho moaning about the absurd accumulation of games and injuries currently engulfing his squad, but such an imbalance of freshness cannot be ignored, especially when it was apparent in every sector of their performance today.
Things won’t get much easier. The addition of Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly to an already populous treatment table will only intensify the strain for the few players still fit to play ahead of Thursday’s vital clash with Celta Vigo.