Manchester United manager José Mourinho is frustrated and confused at his side’s Premier League schedule following UEFA Champions League away games this season.
The Portuguese boss complained last season about his side’s schedule, and has now been left angered once more, feeling that his side have a significant disadvantage compared to their rivals with their schedule.
The Telegraph revealed the great disparities in recovery time for United’s squad compared to that of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur this season following away trips in European competition.
All three of United’s away games in the group stage are a Wednesday night fixture, and all three are followed by Saturday 3PM kick-offs, a rarity in themselves for United, whose matches are usually televised.
That means arriving home in the early hours of Thursday morning and training later the same day.
This week’s fixtures demonstrate the difference, with United playing at CSKA Moscow on a Wednesday night and then Crystal Palace in the Premier League 65 hours or so later.
Liverpool, on the other hand, also travel to Moscow, to play Spartak, but have been handed a rest of almost 50 hours more than United ahead of their Sunday 4:30PM kick-off against Newcastle United.
In total, United will have 196 hours of rest between Champions League away games and the following Premier League fixture. In contrast, Liverpool will have the most of the English clubs with 321 hours while Manchester City have 219 hours, Chelsea 250 and Tottenham 290.
The Premier League and the FA failing to help English teams in Europe is often a matter of ridicule for other European sides, and they have clearly failed to do so again with United this season.
Mourinho didn’t bring up the issue at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday afternoon, but will likely do so if United hit a tricky patch in either competition.