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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Mourinho launches stinging verbal attack after Chelsea v Man United tie is moved to a Monday night

Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has lashed out at the decision to play his side’s FA Cup quarter-final with Chelsea on Monday March 13th, just three days before they will play a Europa League tie.

Mourinho has persistently bemoaned the scheduling of televised fixtures during his time in English football and has previously spun conspiracy theories suggesting his Chelsea and United teams were being handicapped on the game’s authorities.

Now he has questioned the decision to move the Chelsea tie to a Monday night to accommodate BBC TV with these feisty comments.

“I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw in Europe, because at this moment nobody knows where we play, where the first and second matches are.

“Imagine we play Chelsea on Monday and go to the second match in Europe in Russia, Turkey or Greece?

“I think once more the interests are going in front of the clubs and English football’s interests, and nobody cares about it.

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“I cannot play against Chelsea with the second team, I cannot play Chelsea with the under-21s like Manchester City did last year. I cannot do that. We are Manchester United.

“I don’t do that as Manchester United manager. I don’t do that to the FA Cup because the FA Cup is not guilty of these decisions.

“The FA Cup is beautiful, the competition is historical. I have to treat Manchester United supporters and the FA Cup in the right way.

“I cannot go there with under-21s. Probably they would deserve it, but I don’t do that.”

FA Cup quarter-finals

Saturday March 11

Middlesbrough v Huddersfield or Manchester City (12:15pm, BT Sport 2)

Arsenal v Lincoln (5:30pm, BT Sport 2)

Sunday March 12

Tottenham v Millwall (2pm, BBC One)

Monday March 13

Chelsea v Manchester United (7:45pm, BBC One)

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