José Mourinho hits out at Premier League as Manchester United draw Anderlecht


The Red Devils boss vented his frustration with his side's fixture schedule after Thursday's 1-0 win over Rostov, which saw them scrape through to the last eight.

United lost Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury during the last 16 second-leg match against Rostov, which is expected to keep the France midfielder out of action for around three weeks.

Manchester United can not dominate the Premier League like they used to as the financial gap between the Red Devils and other clubs in the English top-flight has closed in recent years, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

"We played against one of the best teams in the world".

While Monday's defeat at Chelsea knocked them out of the FA Cup after four games in that competition, United still have 14 matches to play between now and the end of the season. Their defence has proved resolute on many occasions, but goalscoring really let them down since earning promotion previous year. Not at 12 o'clock -at least let us sleep. I don't ask for me, I ask for everyone.

" It's the simple criteria of 'we give you so much money". In other countries they try to do that little support to the teams in Europe. "Is the Premier League happy to have just one English club in the Champions League and one in the Europa League?"

"In the first year he arrived, the team was going into League One and he saved the team", Mourinho said. Those games are likely to be played on or around April 26 and May 17, but no dates have yet been announced.

"But Mourinho has launched a passionate defence of Pogba, still only 24, and insists his strong personality means that he "does not give a 's" about his critics.

The Dutchman has been a vital member of the squad this season and it'll be a massive boost to have him back in action, especially as Mourinho seems to prefer him at left-back over Luke Shaw. "I think I was just not good enough for him but it's ok, I'll show my quality here now and I will get back to my top level and we will see how things turn out".

The Riverside Stadium showdown kicks off at 12:00 (GMT) on Sunday, with TV coverage in the United Kingdom getting underway at 11:00 (GMT) on BT Sport 1. "Paul was already feeling something in the first half - even a physical monster like him is not immune to it".

"Next year? The situation is I've signed here for a year with an option for another year".

"I need to have true success, my life is like that, I need that pride and happiness". "If he breaks, no problem".