Jose Mourinho has claimed that clubs like Liverpool are getting preferential treatment over Manchester United, despite his team being involved in European football.
The Red Devils boss was speaking to MUFC TV prior to this evening’s game with West Brom at the Hawthorns, and the question was posed to him if the United players were fatigued following an enduring recent fixture list.
A trip to Ukraine to face Zorya in the Europa League was followed by a tough encounter against Tottenham three days later.
This was followed by a long trip to Selhurst Park on Wednesday, before tonight’s game against Tony Pulis’s men.
‘Of course. It’s difficult to explain. But when I see City-Arsenal on the Sunday, and Liverpool-Everton on the Monday.. they are not involved in any European competition.
Man United plays in Ukraine on the Thursday. Two days later, play in the Premier League against Tottenham, and two days later play against Crystal Palace.
And two days later, [Man United play] against West Bromwich. It’s a bit difficult to understand, but probably the people that are responsible for the fixtures doesn’t think the way we do.’
One can understand the Portuguese’s frustrations – the congestion that United have faced means that they have played three games in just six days.
Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool have the same number of games, but across an eight-day period.
Does Mourinho have a point?
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.