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Mourinho says United gets no help from hectic schedule

Mourinho says United gets no help from hectic schedule

MANCHESTER, England — The Premier League just doesn’t care about Manchester United, according to Jose Mourinho.

The United manager complained about the congested schedule on Thursday, saying his team shouldn’t have to get back on the field early on Sunday after playing in the Europa League on Thursday night.

“They simply don’t care,” Mourinho said after United reached the Europa League quarterfinals by beating Rostov 1-0. “In other countries they try to do that little support to the teams in Europe. But here it is difficult. We go Sunday at 12 o’clock. Why? Why us? So it’s going to be even more difficult for us.”

United played in the FA Cup on Monday, losing to Chelsea. They then had to play Thursday in the second leg of the Europa League. And the team now has only Friday and Saturday off before and an early wakeup call on Sunday to face Middlesbrough in the Premier League.

“We should be the last team to play in the weekend, it is as simple as that,” Mourinho said. “We should play Monday. Or we should play the last match on Sunday. Not 12 o’clock. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right?”

United is in sixth place in the Premier League with 49 points, six points behind fourth-place Liverpool and the coveted Champions League places.

On Thursday, United produced a lethargic performance in beating Russian club Rostov 1-0 and also lost midfielder Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury.

Mourinho said it was no surprise United was picking up injuries “due to an accumulation of fatigue.”

“He was already feeling something in the first half and immediately he felt he couldn’t carry on in the second. Even a physical monster like him felt it,” Mourinho said. “He was one of the players who never had a rest, because he played every game.”

United defender Marcos Rojo even ate a banana on the field toward the end of the game to try to boost his energy levels — indicative, Mourinho said, of a player “at their limit.”

“I did not think it was a funny situation. When I watch marathons, when I watch other sports and people go to the limit, I don’t think it’s funny,” Mourinho said. “I don’t think it’s funny that some of our players have played 11 matches in six weeks.”

The Associated Press

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