Mourinho chides `inhuman` Man U's schedule

| Updated: May 01, 2017 20:55 IST

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 1 (ANI): Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has termed his side's jammed-packed schedule as `not human` after the club's growing list of injuries continue to threaten their hopes of making top-four finish in the Premier League. United slumped to their sixth stalemate in eight games following their 1-1 draw against Swansea City at Old Trafford, thus harming their hopes of a place in next season's Champions League. To add to their woes, the Mourinho-led side are also hit with number of injuries. Luke Shaw, who was criticised by Mourinho earlier this month, was forced to walk off the field during the draw after nine minutes with an injury to his left leg. United also lost fellow defender Eric Bailly ahead of Thursday's Europa League first leg semi-final visit to Celta Vigo. Meanwhile, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are already sidelined. Reflecting on the same, the Portuguese manager said although his side do not seem to be tired and exhausted, they are quite affected by the hectic schedule in reality. "We lost players and we lost points, so yes today was a bad day. We did not look tired and exhausted, we are tired and exhausted," Sport24 quoted Mourinho as saying "You cannot isolate the performance out of the context. This is the ninth match of April, it is not human. We have a squad of 22 that is reduced to 13 or 14 players. The players are very tired," he added With Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini returning against Vigo from injury and suspension respectively, Mourinho remains hopeful that his team would continue their amazing spirit and bring the side back on track. "I trust the boys, the spirit is amazing. The group is phenomenal. Fellaini and Pogba will be back for that game, so a bit more options and we try with everything we have and we go again," the former Chelsea boss said. United are currently standing at fifth spot in the Premier League table, having 17 wins from 34 games they played so far. (ANI)

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