Jose Mourinho’s complaints over Manchester United’s fixture schedule are not valid and in fact prove they’ve had a successful season, insists Jamie Carragher.
United could face seven games in May if they defeat Celta Vigo over two legs and reach the Europa League final; that’s on top of the club playing nine times in April.
And with United’s squad looking a little thin on the ground after some key injuries – not least Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for which this positive update has been reported – Mourinho complained about that run of games, stating: “It’s a consequence of our success but it’s also of the calendar.”
On Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Liverpool legend Carragher was keen to point out that most elite European clubs have played just as many games if not more.
“When you are at United, you have players who are used to playing that amount of games,” Carragher said. “There are seven or eight teams in Europe who have played eight or nine games in April.
“If you are Manchester United manager, I think you want to play nine games in April, because it shows you are still in competitions, still going for things.
“Whenever I started the season at Liverpool, my mentality was to play 40 to 50 games, because it meant I was playing every week and was being successful.
“I don’t see anything out of the ordinary in the number of games they have played. This year they could play 63 games, last year they played 59 so not a massive difference. He is complaining, but that should be the norm going forward for United.”