Mourinho: 'Manchester United could be in trouble in April and May'Published February 15, 2017
Jose Mourinho has warned that Manchester United’s challenging schedule could have a negative impact on their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League.
The Red Devils face a gruelling run of eight games over the next month as they challenge on multiple fronts, with the Portuguese concerned that their participation in the Europa League and FA Cup could have an adverse effect on their league form.
And speaking ahead of Thursday night’s game against Saint-Etienne, Mourinho admitted that his side may not be keep up their excellent run of form across the board.
He said: “We know our situation is really complicated. The Europa League is a competition where we play on Thursdays and that makes it even more difficult for us.
“With the accumulation of FA Cup, League Cup and match postponed it is really hard for us.
“If you progress in the competitions, we will be in trouble in April and May. But we cannot choose competitions so we play to win.”
Currently sitting in sixth-place in the Premier League, United head into Thursday’s Europa League last-32 tie knowing that the winners of this year’s competition will be guaranteed a place in the 2017/18 Champions League.
But Mourinho has refused to give up hope of making Europe’s showpiece competition via their league position.
He added: “We have two doors still open. But we are in the last 32 – not eight or four so there is a long way to go.
“There is also a long way to go in the Premier League.”