Chelsea will play 16 matches, plus some in the FA Cup and we are in this crazy situation
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho let loose yesterday in a rant about his side’s fixture pile-up compared to the likes of rivals Chelsea and Liverpool.
Following United’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan, they now face Hull again on Wednesday, and the boss revealed his frustration at the situation.
“It’s absolutely nonsense and I know this is not just for Watford, I know that applies with many other clubs,” Mourinho said.
“Liverpool are going to play 16 matches, Chelsea will play 16 matches, plus some in the FA Cup and we are in this crazy situation.
“We are going to have in these 15 days two matches against St Étienne [in the Europa League] and the next round of the FA Cup so the calendar in the best country of world football is nonsense. In a realistic way I think the Premier League is almost an impossible mission.”
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on hand in the Wigan tie to lend support to United youngster Axel Tuanzebe.
The 19-year-old defender was introduced at Old Trafford for the final 23 minutes to earn his United first-team debut.
Before he came on, fellow substitute and superstar team-mate Ibrahimovic gave him a message.
“I was on the touchline and I could hear Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] saying ‘keep it simple, keep it simple’, so I wanted to follow his advice,” Tuanzebe told MUTV.
“I was just waiting for my moment and it finally came.”
Axel Tuanzebe made his Manchester United debut in the 4-0 Wigan win
Manchester United's FA Cup player ratings against Wigan
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Express Sport brings you Manchester United's player ratings from their FA Cup fourth round win over Wigan Athletic
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Sergio Romero – 7.1
David Beckham has opened up on how United’s youth stars were punished during his early days if they stepped out of line.
The Red Devils legend and Class of 92 member revealed the consequences players used to endure in the dressing room.
“If we had gone out of line they would have made us do a funny dance in the middle of the changing room in front of the professionals, in front of our heroes at the time,” the United legend told BBC Radio Four's Desert Island Discs.
Beckham said it was humiliating, adding: "That was all it was, but that was just to teach us a lesson – there was never any wrong-doing."