Mourinho ‘could welcome’ FA Cup exit at Man Utd – Neville

Date published: Sunday 12th March 2017 11:12

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Gary Neville believes Jose Mourinho could sacrifice Manchester United’s FA Cup chances in favour of other priorities.

United have already lifted the EFL Cup, but their bid to break into the top four and to win the Europa League is seen as more of a priority given both would offer the reward of a return to the Champions League.

And with the matches piling up and with Mourinho already complaining about fixture congestion, Neville believes the United manager would welcome an exit in the FA Cup when they travel to face Chelsea on Monday night for a place in the semi-finals.

Speaking to Omnisport, Neville said: “It comes down to what Mourinho prioritises. The FA Cup could be a competition that United sacrifice because they have to try and get into the Champions League.

“Obviously the only two routes are the Europa League and Premier League games.

“It will be a big challenge mentally on Monday. It might be the one, at this moment in time, that they can sacrifice in terms of trying not to complicate the fixture congestion any more.”

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