Jose Mourinho highlights one major problem that Man United have had this season

Manchester United’s hopes and ambitions of securing a top four finish look all-but over. The Red Devils lost their first Premier League match of 2017 at the hands of Arsenal, leaving us outside of the automatic Champions League places.

Now, it looks like our hopes of securing top level European football lies with our Europa League campaign, where we’re currently looking a good bet to reach the final.

Whether this season is determined a success or not is solely on whether or not we win the tournament, and before the game, Jose Mourinho has highlighted his displeasure at Manchester United’s fixture pile-up.

It’s quite an obvious issue. Mourinho’s squad has been decimated by niggling injuries recently, and I’ve no doubt that those have come about because of the sheer volume in games that our players have had to play.

“I think we shouldn’t play two days before against Southampton. One thing is the game on Sunday, the other thing is accumulation,” Mourinho told Off The Ball, quoted by NewsTalk.

“Accumulation is the problem. The problem is not to play once a match two days before. That’s not a problem. A problem is that we played since the last two months, we play every week – three matches a week.

“And in the last week of the Premier League, we play Tottenham away, Southampton away, Crystal Palace at home. In seven days, three matches and then we are gong to play the final – if, if, I always say if to protect a situation.

“Lyon or Ajax, they finish the league. So the problem is the accumulation and not to play two matches before.

“You ask me, do I think the match should be played on Sunday if Crystal Palace is involved in relegation battle – of course I think the game has to be played at the same time as the other competitors. The problem is the accumulation.

“And again I say if, if we play the final will be game number 17 in two months – April and May, game number 17.”

When you look at it like that, 17 competitive games of football in two months is absolutely absurd. That’s a game every three days near enough, and although we do have quite a sizeable squad, it still has affected us badly.

I don’t think it was just bad luck that we’ve now lost three players to ligament damage. Bodies aren’t supposed to be put through such rigorous situations so often. They need a break to recuperate, but right now, they aren’t bein allowed that luxury.

I’m purely in hope that these athletes can drag themselves through the next few weeks, because we’re absolutely desperate to scoop the Europa League title. It won’t be easy, but we’re almost there so one final push from the lads should see us through.

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