Mourinho Hints As Schweinsteiger And Rooney's Stay As He Brands United Fixtures 'Absolute Nonsense' 

Jose Mourinho was not in the right state of mind to celebrate Manchester United’s encouraging FA Cup victory over Wigan Athletic on Sunday as he described the fixture schedule over the coming days as “absolute nonsense”.

United cruised into the FA Cup Last 16 after goals from Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger, and  they could end up playing 67 games by the end of the season, a prospect the Portuguese coach frowns at.

“In the League Cup we have a 50 per cent chance of winning,” said Mourinho.

“In the FA Cup, we are in the last 16. In the Europa League we’re in the last 32, so lots of matches to play.

“I can imagine we’re going to have some nice gifts, like Watford today, they had an amazing gift. They played today in the FA Cup and they play on Tuesday in the Premier League. It’s a laugh.

“So many matches played yesterday, how is it possible a team plays today and plays Tuesday again? It’s an absolute nonsense. This is not just for Watford. I know many of those surprises will be waiting for us.

“Compare it with other clubs. Liverpool will play 16 matches, Chelsea will play 16, plus some in the FA Cup, and we’re in this really crazy situation.

“Southampton will have 15 days without football before the EFL Cup final.

“We’re going to play two matches against St Etienne and the next round of the FA Cup, so the calendar in the best country in world football is nonsense.”

Mourinho refused to stoke rumours captain Wayne Rooney was on his way out of the club, hinting only Ashley Young could leave, Mirror reports.

“The only player that I’m aware of who has the possibility to leave – and I am waiting for January 31 to know what is going on – is Ashley Young,” said Mourinho.

He added that Germany international Bastian Schweinsteiger could play a key role in the coming weeks despite being ignored for much of the campaign.

“He’s staying,” said Mourinho. “He’s in the Europa League squad because we opened spaces with Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin, and because we don’t have many players and we don’t have many options in midfield.

“Ninety minutes was probably too hard for him, but I think he’s happy and he was a good professional when he wasn’t playing. With so many competitions and games, he will be an option.”

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