Sunday 17 December 2017

Watch: 'Now we are in this crazy situation' - Mourinho hits out at Man United's looming fixture problem

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has labeled the English football schedule as ‘nonsense’ after his side’s FA Cup win against Wigan on Sunday ensured his team are now set for frantic end to the season.

United face a potentially exhausting few weeks as they try to fit in an EFL Cup Final against Southampton at the end of February, a continuation of the club’s FA Cup defence, Europa League commitments, as well as a push to secure a top four finish in the Premier League.

While many of United’s rivals at the top of the Premier League are set for a lighter fixture list that will not include European or domestic cup commitments, Mourinho has claimed the demands on English clubs challenging on a variety of fronts is becoming tough to negotiate.

“We are going to have a very difficult season compared to other clubs,” stated Mourinho, who has long been a critic of fixture congestion in the English game.

“Liverpool are going to play 16 matches until the end of the season. Chelsea will play 16 matches, plus some in the FA Cup.

“Now we are in this crazy situation. Southampton will have 15 days without football before the (EFL Cup) final. In these 15 days, we are going to play two games against St Etienne and the next round of the FA Cup.

“The calendar in the best country of world football, the calendar is nonsense.”

Despite his punishing fixture list, Mourinho does not look set to strengthen his squad ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline, but he has confirmed that German World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger will have a role to play in all competitions between now and the end of the season after forcing his way back into his first team plans.

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