Jose Mourinho makes claim about Chelsea ahead of Tottenham clash
The Manchester United manager admits the short turnaround is tough ahead of West Ham clash on Monday, and says Chelsea have an advantage with their schedule
Jose Mourinho has urged his Manchester United players to embrace their short turnaround ahead of their trip to West Ham United on Monday, before claiming that Chelsea have been handed an advantage with their festive schedule.
The Red Devils left it late to secure three points against Middlesbrough after Grant Leadbitter broke the deadlocks for the visitors in Manchester United’s 2-1 win at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve.
France international Anthony Martial levelled in the 85th minute with a powerful finish after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had an effort chalked off in the first half due to a high boot.
Manchester United were winning 2-1 less than 80 seconds later after Paul Pogba placed a header past former Red Devils goalkeeper Victor Valdes to seal a dramatic win for the hosts.
The 20-time English champions have less than 40 hours to recover ahead of their trip to West Ham United on Monday afternoon and Mourinho admitted that the short recovery time will make the London Stadium clash tough.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have three full days to recover before their clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
“It’s a challenge for everybody but Chelsea, as they play only on the 4th; Tottenham play tomorrow [Sunday] and then on the 4th,” Mourinho told his post-match media conference.
“For us and West Ham it’s the same – difficult. Middlesbrough play at 12 o’clock, so less than 48 hours. It’s very hard, especially when you see the intensity of this game; you can imagine that people need to rest, but there is no time to rest, so let’s go to London and enjoy the game against West Ham and try to get the points.”
Manchester United finished in fifth place in the Premier League table last term.