Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacts during his side's clash with FC Rostov at Old Trafford on Friday morning.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reacts during his side's clash with FC Rostov at Old Trafford on Friday morning. PETER POWELL

Mourinho lashes out over schedule

Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho either has a legitimate beef or he's developing a siege mentality.

In a remarkable outburst after his side's 1-0 victory over FC Rostov on Friday morning (AEST) - for a spot in the Europa League quarter-finals - Mourinho said "enemies" were undermining his team.

Three days earlier, United lost 1-0 away to Chelsea in an FA Cup quarter-final. And they are on the road again for their next assignment - a Premier League clash with Middlesbrough on Sunday night.

In an apparent reference to fixture schedulers, Mourinho said: "We have lots of enemies. Normally the enemies should be Rostov, but we have a lot of enemies.

"It's difficult to play Monday with 10 men. It's difficult to play now. It's difficult to play 12 o'clock on Sunday. We have a lot of enemies."

Mourinho went on to suggest the heavy workload meant United was likely to lose to struggling Middlesbrough.

"I will remember forever when I spoke to the UEFA delegate in Rostov. He told me if any of our players gets injured, the insurance paid.

"Whoever decided the Monday and Sunday games probably thinks the same way."

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