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Jose Mourinho: Change domestic fixture schedules for clubs in Europe

Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho has called on the FA to make changes to the domestic fixtures for clubs that play in Europe.

Manchester United has 11 matches in the last six weeks and will face Middlesbrough on Sunday noon, just three days after facing Rostov in the Europa League.

League leaders Chelsea and Liverpool had no European showpiece and Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspurs and Manchester City has all bow out from Europe. These clubs lead United on the Premier League table and ahead of his game on Sunday, the ex Chelsea manager said;

“It’s more difficult. We played 11 matches in the last six weeks and it’s going to get worse,” Mourinho said.

“It’s going to get easier for the other five teams because before it was only Chelsea and Liverpool and now Arsenal, Tottenham and City are also out.

“I don’t understand how we don’t have any help in relation to European football. I’ve said this for many years.

“I think they don’t give an S about the English teams in Europe. They simply don’t care. [In] every [other] country they try to help.

“Without them and their money, the Premier League wouldn’t be the Premier League – the clubs wouldn’t be so rich.

“Yes, we have to tell them ‘thank you so much for the Premier League you are building’. But I think you can do that and have a little finger, a little touch.”

The Manchester United manager continued;

“In my time in Italy, it was decided that when the clubs go to the knockout stages of Europa League and Champions League, they play [domestic matches] on the [previous] Friday.

“In Portugal, if they play in Europe then they play on the following Monday. Germany is also doing that.

“We should be the last team to play in the weekend. We should play Monday. Or we should play Sunday the last match – not 12 o’clock.

“If they are happy that we have one English club in the Europa League and one English club in the Champions League: wow.”

Manchester United travel to Middlesbrough to face the Teeside club on Sunday noon.

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