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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

TOP FOUR WILL LEAVE MAN UTD BEHIND - MOURINHO

TOP FOUR WILL LEAVE MAN UTD
BEHIND - MOURINHO

The Red Devils are facing an enforced three-
week break from Premier League action as
their attention shifts to Europe and domestic
cup competition
Jose Mourinho has claimed that the Premier
League’s top four will “leave” Manchester
United as the Red Devils enter an enforced
break.
A 16-game unbeaten run in the English top-
flight has lifted the Old Trafford outfit to
within touching distance of the Champions
League places.

They are, however, about to see their rivals
given an opportunity to edge back into the
distance.
United are set to turn their attention to other
endeavours, with continental and domestic
cup fixtures approaching.
A home Europa League clash with St Etienne
on Thursday is followed by an FA Cup fifth-
round clash with Blackburn Rovers, a return
date in France and the EFL Cup final against
Southampton.
With his side not in league action again until
March 4, Mourinho concedes that a hectic
schedule is offering positives and negatives.
“They will leave us,” he said of United’s top-
four rivals.

“The other teams will have points so, for sure,
it’s going to happen.
“That’s the way it is. I don’t think it is easy,
because you want to play the competition, but
at the same time we have motivation.

“We play the Europa League, so let’s enjoy
the Europa League. We also have a cup final. I
don’t believe anyone goes to Wembley not
happy to go, so we go, we play.
“We know in this moment that Southampton
are probably going to have some days off. I
don’t know if they go to a summer camp to
some nice, beautiful place with nice weather
to prepare for the final.

“The only thing I know is their next game is
the final and we have to play three matches
during this period. We have to train in this
cold weather, we have to train on bad pitches
at this time, because the weather doesn’t
help the pitches.
“So our situation isn’t easy. But we have to
enjoy it, because it’s to play football, it’s to
play important matches.”
A 2-0 victory over Watford on Saturday had
lifted United to within one point of the
Champions League places, but Arsenal are the
only side above them also about to take a
break from Premier League duty.


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