United manager sir alex ferguson surprised about the schedule in England
Manager José Mourinho is pleased that Manchester United will be Thursday at the expense of Saint-Etienne qualified for the eighth finals of the Europa League, but the Portuguese fears that his players overloaded by the over-crowded schedule.
He is astonished that the English football association FA, the kwartfinalewedstrijd of United against Chelsea in the FA Cup has already established on Monday 13 march, while the ‘Red Devils’ three days later the return in the eighth finals of the Europa League play.
“I’m surprised that the FA does not even has to wait with the planning until after our duels with Saint-Etienne and the draw of Friday”, said Mourinho after the victory in France.
“Now we will play march 9, our first eighth-finals of the Europa League, march 13, against Chelsea in the FA Cup and we have three days later, perhaps to Turkey or Russia for a return. So I am almost forced to rotate, while I at the same time, a lot of question of my best players.”
Mourinho is nevertheless not going to be against Chelsea with a B-team at the kick-off to appear. “I can’t make it to against Chelsea Under-21 team, such as Manchester City last season did”, he was referring to the 5-1 victory of Chelsea at a particularly youthful City in the cup.
“That I can’t do it, because we are Manchester United. I can also not be compared to the FA Cup, what a great tournament it is. So my only option is with certain players match on match stacking.”
United had two matches with 4-0 too strong for Saint-Etienne. Thursday won the team of real madrid with 0-1 by a goal from Henrikh Mkhitaryan. The game of the Englishmen voted Mourinho satisfied.
“We knew it was going to be difficult: the supporters of the opponent are great. But from the first minute we played professionally. The early goal made it easy for us.”
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