Jose Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge would have been one of the first fixtures Chelsea and Manchester United fans would have looked for when the Premier League fixtures were announced last month.
After two successful stints as Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho was unceremoniously sacked last year with the Blues languishing in the bottom half of the table.
Despite their struggles, Mourinho retained the support of the fans and many would have felt understandably disappointed when their 'Special One' was confirmed as the next manager of rivals Man United.
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Louis van Gaal's failure to get the Red Devils into the top four last season has left Mourinho with the unwanted distraction of the Europa League and it is already affecting his preparation for the upcoming campaign.
The Portuguese's United team are due to travel down to west London on October 23 but has urged the hierarchy at Old Trafford to delay the game, according to The Times.
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Man United are also expected to be in action in the Europa League just three days prior and Mourinho is concerned about the lack of time he will have to prepare his team for such a big game.
Moving the game one day later had been Mourinho's wish but with League Cup fixtures also set to take place that week, any postponement would likely add another complication to an already congested part of the season.
Chelsea would also need to provide their consent to the game being pushed back but their absence from any European competitions in the forthcoming campaign would make any approval extremely unlikely.
The Times claim United are 'unlikely' to even request the postponement given how little chance of success they believe they have, forcing Mourinho to cope with the busy schedule.
The ex-Real Madrid and Porto manager kicked off his Red Devils' career with a 2-0 win over Wigan on Saturday. Goals from Will Keane and Andreas Pereira were enough to secure victory at the DW Stadium as Mourinho got the first chance to see his new players in action.
The next leg of their pre-season sees them fly off to China today where they will face Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City over the following two weeks.
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