Mourinho brands Manchester United fixture list “nonsense”

Date published: Monday 30th January 2017 8:22

Jose Mourinho: Manager unimpressed by scheduling

Jose Mourinho: Manager unimpressed by scheduling

Jose Mourinho voiced his concerns about fixture congestion after guiding Manchester United into the fifth round of the FA Cup.

United stepped up after a lacklustre start to beat Championship Wigan 4-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday with goals from Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the returning Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Mourinho was pleased with the result but fears there could be a price to pay as United’s schedule gets even more congested.

United are already through to the EFL Cup final, which means a Premier League derby clash against Manchester City needs to be rearranged, while their Europa League campaign also resumes next month.

Mourinho said: “We are going to have a very difficult season compared with other clubs. Liverpool will play 16 matches until the end of the season, Chelsea will play 16 plus some in the FA Cup and we are in this really crazy situation.

“Southampton will have 15 days without football before the final. In those 15 days we are going to play two matches against Saint-Etienne and the next round of the FA Cup, so the calendar in the best country of world football is nonsense.”

United offered little until Fellaini headed home a cross from Schweinsteiger, who was making his first start for more than a year, in the 44th minute. Until then Wigan had more than held their own and they remained competitive until Smalling headed the second just before the hour.

Mourinho said: “The first half was not good. I think we did nothing to be winning but that goal gave us a different second half and gave me a chance at half-time to speak with the players and try to make them feel the first half was not good enough.

“The second half was different, we put a completely different pace into the game, much more intense defending and more intense in the passing and movement. Then, if you play like this, game over. So, the second half was good.”

 

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