Jose Mourinho was left fuming after Man United's win over St Etienne in the Europa League
Not only did he slam the fixture planners because it has been announced that Manchester United will have to face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a televised FA Cup quarter-final showdown on Monday, March 13 – but he was also left counting the cost of victory after goalscorer Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Michael Carrick both went off injured.
Mkhitaryan damaged his hamstring while Carrick hurt his calf and both are expected to miss Sunday's EFL Cup final against Southampton.
The Chelsea clash will take place just 72 hours before the second leg of the Europa League last 16 and United might have to make a long trip, depending on who they get paired with in tomorrow's draw.
Jose Mourinho said: "I feel really surprised that the decision is made before our draw in Europe because at this moment nobody knows where we play, where the first and second matches are.
"Imagine if we play Chelsea on the Monday and go to the match in Europe in Russia, Turkey or Greece? I think once more the interests are going in front of the clubs and English football's interests and nobody cares about it.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan celebrates scoring for United in the 1-0 second-leg win over St Etienne
Mkhitaryan was substituted shortly after due to injury
"I cannot play against Chelsea with a second team, I cannot play against Chelsea with the U21s like Manchester City did last year. I cannot do that. We are Manchester United. I don't do that as Manchester United manager. I don't do that to the FA Cup because the FA Cup is not guilty of these decisions.
"The FA Cup is beautiful, the competition is historical. I have to treat Manchester United supporters and the FA Cup in the right way.
"I cannot go there with U21s. Probably they would deserve it [the FA] but I don't do that.
"So what is going to happen is an accumulation of matches. People playing a lot of matches.
"I have to make some rotation but some of the boys will have to play in all these consecutive matches."
Asked if it was a risk playing Mkhitaryan when United were 3-0 ahead from the first leg and with such an important final in a few days, Jose Mourinho said: "You can be injured leaving your house, you can be injured in the garden. You never know when and why.
Michael Carrick being replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger in the win over St Etienne
Eric Bailly was sent off after picking up a second booking
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"I don't think Mkhitaryan will be fit. I think him and Michael are both out. This is based on my experience and not medical knowledge and tests that we have to do. I think no chance. A calf and hamstring, even if it is minor damage, I still think they'll be out."
There was further misery for Mourinho too, with Eric Bailly getting sent off after the break for two yellow cards.
The immediate task last night was to silence a raucous stadium that was loud, filled with smoke and prone to the odd firecracker. And United had a chance to do just that inside 10 minutes when Pogba skinned Romain Hamouma but just failed to pick out the unmarked Zlatan Ibrahimovic with his cross.
But six minutes later United were ahead when Mkhitaryan converted a stunning ball into the box from Juan Mata. With one swing of his cultured left foot, Mata left the St Etienne defence for dead and Mkhitaryan was on hand to apply the finishing touch.
Mourinho's men kept piling on the pressure and Ashley Young flashed a ball across the face of Stephane Ruffier's goal that just evaded substitute Marcus Rashford.
It was nothing more than a training exercise and the biggest challenge was reaching the final whistle without doing something stupid – a challenge that proved too much for Bailly following two bookings in less than three minutes to leave Mourinho less than impressed.
St Etienne (4-2-3-1): Ruffier; Malcuit, Theophile-Catherine, Perrin, Pogba; Veretout (Lemoine 68), Pajot; Hamouma, Saivet (Intima 54), Monnet-Paquet; Beric (Roux 59). Booked: Malcuit.
Manchester United (4-2-3-1): Romero; Young, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Carrick (Schweinsteiger 62), Fellaini; Mata (Rojo 64), Pogba, Mkhitaryan (Rashford 25); Ibrahimovic. Booked: Bailly. Sent off: Bailly 63. Goal: Mkhitaryan 16.
Referee: D Aytekin (Germany).