They don't give an 'S' – Mourinho slams Premier League bosses over scheduling

The Red Devils boss claims to have asked officials about the club’s congested fixture list but is still waiting on a response

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has launched a scathing attack on Premier League officials, claiming they “simply don’t care” about teams who are competing in Europe.

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United booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday with a 1-0 win over Rostov at Old Trafford – a result that secured a 2-1 aggregate victory.

The match took place just three days after a tough FA Cup defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in which United played for nearly an hour with 10 men, while their preparations were further hindered when travel problems meant they did not return to their Carrington base until 0400 local time on Tuesday.

With his side having to play their next match – a league game against Middlesbrough away from home – at midday local time on Sunday, Mourinho has blasted organisers for failing to do more to accommodate England’s top-flight teams when they are competing in Europe.

“I think they don’t give an ‘s’ about English teams in Europe,” he said. “They simply don’t care.

“I can understand you don’t have any help in relation to the Premier League but I don’t understand that you don’t have any help in relation to European football. I’ve being saying this for many, many, many years, even from my first spell in England,” he said.

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“I don’t ask for me, I ask for everyone.  There are other interests that are more important.

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“Every country, they try to give support to teams in European football, but here it’s difficult.

“We should be the last team to play at the weekend. It’s as simple as that. We should play Monday, or the last match on Sunday, not 12 o’clock. At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday, right?

“It’s the simple criteria of ‘we give you so much money’, which is true, and we appreciate that. Without their money, the Premier League wouldn’t be the Premier League, the clubs wouldn’t be as rich as they are so yes, they are totally right and we have to tell them thank you for the Premier League they are building.

“But I think you can do that and just have a little finger, a little touch. Can you give me an explanation why we play Sunday at 12 o’clock? Nobody can give me the explanation. 

“So I think it’s just a little bit of common sense, if they want. Or, if they’re happy that we have one English club in the Champions League and one in the Europa League… wow.”

United looked particularly jaded in the second half against Rostov, losing Paul Pogba and Daley Blind to injury, while Phil Jones was forced into a makeshift left wing-back role after the exhausted Marcos Rojo – who was seen eating a banana pitchside – became unable to sprint.

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Mourinho did not see anything amusing about the incident and said that his players, particularly Pogba, were paying the price for scheduling problems.

“For some, the banana story was a funny situation but I don’t think it was,” Mourinho said. “When I watch marathons, when I watch other sports where people go to the limit, I don’t think it’s funny.

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“I don’t think it’s funny that some of my players [played] six weeks, 11 matches, played last Monday with 10 men, enjoyed five hours on the M6 coming back to Manchester, and some of them, like Marcos, were at their limit. 

“My team’s injury records are very, very good. It’s very difficult for my players to have injuries. [Pogba] was an accumulation of fatigue. He was feeling something in the first half and in the second half he immediately felt he couldn’t carry on. Even a physical monster like him felt it.

“But of course, he was one of the players who never had a rest because he’s played every game. Even against Blackburn [in the FA Cup], he was on the bench and he had to come on for the last half an hour, so he’s playing every game. So that’s normal. I think the Monday game, more than an hour of 11 against 10, also had a price. Paul is paying the price.

“But in Rostov, when I was speaking to the delegate about the condition [of the pitch] at the stadium, he was telling me that if the player gets injured, no problem, because they have insurance. I think, in England, it’s a little bit the same. ‘He gets millions; let him run. If he breaks, no problem’.”

Yaya Toure would consider joining Ibrahimovic at Man Utd as he prepares to quit Man City

The Ivorian midfielder’s agent Dimitri Seluk says the 33-year-old will “sign immediately” if he’s presented a decent offer from a rival club

Yaya Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk has suggested the player is ready to leave Manchester City in the summer and that he would consider a move to Jose Mourinho’s United.

The 33-year-old’s contract with City expires in the summer, with Seluk insisting that Pep Guardiola’s side have yet to make him an offer to renew.

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And the player’s representative has gone on to insist that Toure would join a rival if a suitable offer is put on the table, revealing that even United, and a reunion with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, would be an option.

He said, as quoted by Sky Sports: “If we get a good offer from another club we will sign immediately.

“Mourinho is a very good manager and Toure played with Zlatan at Barcelona.

“If Manchester United make an offer I’ll negotiate, no problem.”

When asked if Manchester United had already spoken to Seluk and made an offer for the player, he added: “I can’t speak about individual clubs.”

Toure had earlier insisted that he was happy at City, that he loved the club and was keen to remain at the Etihad Stadium.

When asked if he wanted to stay put he told Sky Sports: “Definitely. I love this football club.

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“The day I will be done, I’ll know myself. I know my body and I’ll say, ‘Yes, I’m done’.”

After initially being overlooked by manager Guardiola, Toure was brought back into the first-team picture and has made 21 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals.

He was left out of his side’s 3-1 Champions League defeat to Monaco that saw them dumped out of the competition although did play 86 minutes of his side’s FA Cup win over Middlesbrough.

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Match-winner Juan Mata said Manchester United will be doing everything they can to win the Europa League this season in an attempt to qualify for the Champions League again following the defeat of Rostov.

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United – who drew 1-1 draw in Russia in the first leg – were superior for much of Thursday’s match at Old Trafford, hitting the post twice in the first half through Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

They had to wait until the 70th minute before making things a little more comfortable, though, as Mata finished off a well-worked counter-attack in a 2-1 aggregate win.

And the Spaniard is eager for United to go all the way and make sure of qualification for Europe’s elite competition, with a top-four finish in the Premier League looking tougher by the week.

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“That’s our aim,” Mata told BT Sport. “We always want to win every tournament that we are in.

“Obviously it’s a good chance to play in the Champions League next season, but there are still some very good games left in the Europa League.

“The level is very good. But we want to play Champions League next season and this is a way to do that.”

It took United longer than expected to break the deadlock on home soil and, while Mata was happy with the football they played in the first half, he accepted that their finishing should have been better.

“Well, it was a matter of finishing our chances,” he said. “In the first half we played great football, but couldn’t finish.

“You have need to score otherwise difficult to go through. That’s why it was also important that we kept their score to zero – Sergio [Romero] did really well with that.”

Ander Herrera was similarly frustrated with United’s lack of composure in front of goal, even going on to acknowledge that their inability to finish teams off is becoming a bad habit.

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“These kind of games can look easy, but they are not easy,” the midfielder added. “Rostov had nothing to lose and came here to go through and I think we controlled it really well, creating lots of chances.

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“But it is the same problem we’ve had all season. We are creating chances but always the keeper, or the post [save the other team] and we don’t close games, so in second half we have to suffer a little.

“But we controlled the game and some points we played really, really well.”

'They don't know what fatigue is' – Mourinho has dig at Premier League front runners

Man City’s Champions League exit saddened the Man United manager, who had a little dig at the failures of other Premier League clubs in Europe

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said he was “very disappointed” to see rivals Manchester City eliminated from the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s City made a last-16 exit on Wednesday, a 3-1 defeat at Monaco seeing them go out on away goals after a 6-6 result on aggregate.

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Of the Premier League’s top six, only United remain in European competition, having reached the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.

Mourinho said City’s defeat saddened him, as it made things even more difficult for United to secure a top-four finish.

“I am very disappointed [at City going out]. I am not making fun of it. It’s bad for us for many reasons,” he told BT Sport.

“It’s bad for us as an English club and it’s bad for us as all of the five teams in front of us in the Premier League don’t have international football.

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“They will be playing one match a week, like some of them have been doing since the beginning of the season.

“They don’t know what fatigue is, they don’t know what accumulation is, they don’t know what it is like to go home and not sleep because of fatigue.

“We will fight to our limits – that’s what we have to do.”

Mourinho is unhappy about United’s busy run of fixtures, their 1-0 win over Rostov on Thursday having come days after an FA Cup exit at Chelsea, with a league meeting against Middlesbrough to follow on Sunday.

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Despite reaching the Europa League quarter-finals with a 1-0 win over Rostov on Thursday, Mourinho moaned about United’s busy run of fixtures and claimed his squad was struggling with fatigue..

Keane, a former captain and seven-time Premier League winner at United, was furious with Mourinho, saying the Portuguese tactician needed to embrace the demands of managing at Old Trafford.

“I’ve never heard so much rubbish in my life. Why do we have to listen to that garbage? It’s just utter nonsense what he’s talking about,” the Irishman told ITV.

“He’s manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs on the planet, the squad he’s got, the players and he keeps moaning about fixtures and fatigue.

“We were just looking at some of the cup draws they’ve had. They’ve had an easy way in the cups, some good draws, a lot of home draws, and the guy is talking absolute nonsense.

“I’ve never heard so much rubbish in my life. Maybe the club is too big for him, he can’t deal with all these demands at the match. What matches? Man United reserves could’ve won that game.”

United were beaten at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Monday before overcoming Rostov, with a clash against Middlesbrough in the league awaiting them on Sunday.

Making matters worse for Mourinho, Paul Pogba and Daley Blind suffered injuries in the win over Rostov.