Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at Manchester United’s ‘privileged’ title rivals, claiming the Pep Guardiola’s runaway leaders have been handed an unfair advantage by playing their next match more than a day later than his team.
United drew with Burnley at Old Trafford earlier in the day but City, who have a huge lead over us, won’t play again until Wednesday night when they travel to St.James’ Park to face Newcastle United.
The Red Devils are in the middle of a run of four games in 10 days over Christmas and New Year and have just six rest days between December 23 and January 1. Last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Leicester City was the first of four top-flight games in 10 days for United.
“I’m not just saying about the privileged ones with six days to recover and to enjoy and to prepare for the next one,” Mourinho told Sky Sports News, as reported by Daily Mail.
“But also the ones with a little bit more than us, for example the ones that play after (Boxing Day). That extra day means a lot.
“It means probably they are not working today, they can be back to work tomorrow to prepare for the next day. The problem that I see here is the difference between some teams.
“But what I call the December injuries in English football are arriving. Some players are leaving the pitch after 15-20 minutes, some others don’t resist for the 90.
“Of course it depends on many factors, but we open the door for what I call the December injuries.”
Guardiola’s City beat Bournemouth 4-0 on Saturday while Mourinho’s United conceded a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Leicester later on the night. However, as we were hoping to come out victorious against Burnley today, it was disappointing to have earned just one point from the game.
It is frustrating, to say the least, and the title race is virtually over now, even if there were little hopes of us catching Manchester City.