Manchester United are clearly one of the favourites for the Premier League crown this term, alongside the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal. It isn’t going to be easy for Mourinho’s men, however, and the Portuguese manager clearly isn’t happy about being in the Europa League.
Obviously United are a club that want to be playing in the Champions League every other week, but sadly that isn’t going to happen this season due to finishing outside of the top four last term.
Mourinho has stated that the Europa League could hinder United in the Premier League, due to the fact that the games take place on a Sunday – not giving you enough time to recover for a weekend fixture.
“This is not a competition that Manchester United wants,” said Mourinho.
“It’s not a competition I want, it’s not a competition the players want.”
“But it’s a competition where we are and that’s the reality. We have to look to the competition with respect.”
“We must find that motivation that I found myself already and I have to pass that motivation on to the players, because I know the Europa League is not the big dream of every big player.
“I think we want to do well in the competition and, for a club of our dimension to do well, is not to be out of the competition in the group phase.”
Jose was then asked whether European football’s secondary competition could hinder Manchester United’s title chances, he responded:
“It’s more difficult, yes, especially because you also have the chance to play on the Monday.”
“But since the beginning of the season until we get the fixtures, we didn’t get that privilege.”
“So when we play Thursday we were never given a Monday spot to have one more day [to recover].”
“In fact the week we play Liverpool, Fenerbache and Chelsea [in October] the gift we had was to play Liverpool on the Monday – but on the Monday before, not the Monday after. “
“So we play Liverpool on the Monday, Fenerbache on the Thursday and Chelsea on the Sunday.”
“So we know we’re not going to have any support on that. But my squad is good. I like my squad, I like my players.”
He has a valid point as well, but sadly that is the reality of the situation. Our new manager is obviously taking the Europa League very seriously, though, and hopefully, we can win our first few games and get qualification sorted – allowing Jose to make some changes for the last couple of group fixtures.