Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his side’s participation in the Europa League harms their chances at winning the Premier League title.
The Red Devils take on Feyenoord this evening, with some big players rested for the trip to Rotterdam as Mourinho keeps one eye on Sunday’s trip to Watford.
The Portuguese is not one to hold back if he feels his side is being hard done by, and he’s already complaining about fixture congestion whilst admitting he has no interest in winning the Europa League.
‘This is not a competition that Manchester United wants. It is not a competition I want, it is not a competition the players want,’ Mourinho said.
‘It is a competition where we are and that’s the reality. Tomorrow is an important match for us. We must find that motivation that I found myself already and I have to pass that motivation on to the players because I know the Europa League is not the big dream of every big player.
‘We are also going to play a very important game on Sunday. I am thinking of two matches at the same time but that’s just me. Not them.’
Asked if it would be harder to win the league with these extra games, he said: ‘It’s more difficult yes. Especially because you also have the chance to play on the Monday. But since the beginning of the season until we get the fixtures, we didn’t get that privilege. So when we play Thursday we were never given a Monday spot to have one more day. So we know that we are not going to have any kind of support for that.
Man Utd’s hectic schedule
15 – Feyenoord (A)
18 – Watford (A)
21 – Northampton Town (A)
24 – Leicester City (H)
29 – Zorya Luhansk (H)
2 – Stoke City (H)
17 – Liverpool (A)
20 – Fenerbahce (H)
23 – Chelsea (A)
29 – Burnley (H)
‘In fact the week we play Liverpool (17 October), Fenerbache and Chelsea, the gift we had was to play Liverpool on the Monday – but on the Monday before not the Monday after. So we play Liverpool on the Monday, Fenerbache on the Thursday and Chelsea on the Sunday.
‘But my squad is good. I like my squad, I like my players. I have no problems doing what I did this time leaving three or four players and play with other people because they deserve this opportunity the way they work.’