Mourinho fears Manchester United could be in trouble

Jose Mourinho has concerns that Manchester United will struggle on the domestic front if their fixture schedule piles up.

In the next 11 days, the Red Devils will face Saint-Etienne in the Europa League twice, as well as play Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round of the FA Cup and take on Southampton in the EFL Cup final.

With plenty of cup competitions to focus on, United will be wary of slipping up in their campaign to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

As it stands, the Red Devils are sixth in the table, two points adrift of the Champions League spots and it looks to be a tight race, with just four points separating second from sixth.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of the last-32 first leg against Saint-Etienne, Mourinho told reporters:

“We cannot choose the competitions at Manchester United. We know that our situation is really complicated. We know that the Europa League is also a competition where we play on Thursdays and that makes it even more difficult for us.

“The accumulation of FA Cup, League Cup, match postponements is really hard for us. If we progress in the competitions, we will be in trouble in April and May. But we cannot choose competitions, so we play them to win.”

In the top flight, though, their fixture list is not particularly daunting as they face Bournemouth, Southampton and Middlesbrough before the start of April.

Despite being at the bottom of the chasing pack for the top four, United are in positive form having gone 16 games unbeaten in the league.


 


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