Man United draw Anderlecht in Europa League last eight

United travel to Middlesbrough on Sunday less than 72 hours after their 1-0 victory over Rostov on Thursday night which confirmed their qualification for the last eight.

He hobbled off the pitch and walked straight down the Old Trafford touchline to the tunnel, with Marouane Fellaini taking his place.

His side play Middlesbrough away on Sunday, and he complained that other European leagues are more accommodating than the Premier League to the sides that play on the continent during the week.

He's manager of Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs on the planet.

It's clear what Mourinho is trying to do in create an "us against them" mentality in his players, and it remains to be seen how that will work out, but claiming that there's some sort of grand scheme working against the club when it comes to fixtures is, well, nonsensical.

The Spain global has been a key player for the Red Devils this campaign, despite many wondering whether he had a future at Old Trafford when Jose Mourinho took charge of the club last summer.

United have finished seventh, fourth and fifth in the English Premier League since the retirement of Ferguson, who led the club to 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League trophies and five FA Cups in nearly 27 years at Old Trafford. When I watch marathons and people go to their limit, I don't think it is amusing, and I don't think it's amusing some of my players in six weeks play 11 matches.

"I think he deserves to be sacked because in the first when he arrived the team was going to League One and he saved the team", said Mourinho sarcastically. You are doing it before Man Utd at home, which I find extraordinary in my opinion, and the timing is awful. Paul Pogba is out, while Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Daley Blind are also doubts for Sunday's game.

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"We should be the last team to play in the weekend. But then I always said he's a smart manager".

Juan Mata's second half goal was sufficient for the Premier League side to make it to the quarter-final of the Europe's second tier club competition.

Middlesbrough 0 Manchester United 2 (Giggs, Park), Premier League, May 2009.

"At least let us sleep a little bit on Sunday".

Mourinho says he has encouraged Ferguson, who has attempted to keep a low profile at the club since his retirement, to feel free to spend more time with the playing squad.

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. I'm saying this for many many years, even from my first spell in England.

Manchester United signed Depay from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015.

  • Tabitha Byrd