Jose Mourinho has bemoaned Manchester United’s congested fixture schedule this season, labelling the English football calendar as nonsense.
Man United head into February still fighting in the Premier League, FA Cup, Europa League and, of course, the League Cup.
The 54-year-old’s side, looking forward, will once again play two games in the space of a week, with Wednesday’s contest with Hull City being closely followed up by a visit to Leicester City on Sunday.
And Mourinho, speaking after United’s 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic, was quick to express his concerns over the busy upcoming schedule.
“We are going to have a very difficult season compared with other clubs,” he said. “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 have played 33 games this season – the same amount as Manchester City, one more than Arsenal, four more than Liverpool and eight more than leaders Chelsea. No English side will face heavier physical and mental demands as the season approaches its conclusion, and Mourinho will need to ensure that he rotates his squad astutely when the heat is on.
The Portuguese, for all his frustration, will know that fighting on every possible front falls in line with what United supporters demand from their club, and he’ll want to see his side maintain their presence in as many competitions as possible over the next few months.