Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to tone down the Manchester United training schedule ahead of a gruelling fixture list.
United are heading into a busy end of February, where they will be tested with five games in the next fifteen days, including the Capital One Cup final and the return of the Europa League.
To prevent his players from burning out, Mourinho is planning on easing out daily training sessions during their busy schedule, claims The Sun.
‘The Special One’ meticulously plans his training schedule a month in advance to ensure each player’s needs are met to avoid injuries.
The heavy schedule means normal routines for ageing players, like star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, will have to be scrapped to prevent tiredness in the tail-end of the season.
Mourinho has already cancelled double sessions, while recovery ones are being increased during the next month and morning sessions will be on tactical work, rather than focusing on fitness work.
The Portuguese boss has made an impressive impact in Manchester since joining the club in the summer, with United officials set to offer their man a new 12-month contract extension.
They will also provide him with a war chest in the summer transfer window, with Chelsea winger Willian a surprise new summer target.
The Brazillian was asked who tried to sign him in the summer and he replied: “Manchester United, because Mourinho is there too.”
It is expected that United will reignite their interest in the summer, although Chelsea will command a high fee for the winger.
Meanwhile, Freiburg defender Caglar Soyuncu has also fueled speculation of a possible move to the Red Devils in the summer, declaring his respect for the United manager.
“I admire Jose Mourinho,” Soyuncu said. “Not just his football but his philosophy. I would like to work with him in the future.”