Jose Mourinho has, in the past, criticised the hectic fixture schedules present in football. In fact, he has brought up the same matter in Italy, Spain and England, suggesting that the domestic divisions do not cater for their clubs' European games.
Now, the Portuguese manager has echoed these claims once again, suggesting that Manchester United's upcoming fixture list is a 'poisonous gift', according to the Mirror.
After the international break, the Red Devils face the daunting task of travelling to in form rivals Liverpool on the Monday Night Football, before welcoming Turkish giants Fenerbahce to Old Trafford three days later in the Europa League.
Following that, Mourinho will have to gear up his men for a trip to west London on the Sunday where they will face up against his former employers, Chelsea, in a blockbuster clash to cap off the hectic six day period.
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The United manager expressed his relief at his side earning their first European win of the season, a 1-0 win over the relatively unknown Ukrainian outfit Zorya Luhansk.
The victory on Thursday night came after the Red Devils bounced back domestically as they easily saw off Premier League champions Leicester 4-1 last Saturday lunch time.
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Confidence could be key for the fixtures, but Mourinho was adamant that his side have not been put under the best conditions:
"So maybe we don't have the best conditions, especially because we play against two top Premier League games that don't play in European competitions.
"We had this kind of poisoned gift of playing on the Monday. That creates a very difficult situation, but we want to try and qualify for the next round. We want to try.
"(There is a) long time to go, almost a month, but we want to try, so we will play against Fenerbahce with a team with possibilities to beat Fenerbahce."
Mourinho was then asked whether he tried to get the Liverpool fixture moved back, he said: "I think it is impossible.
"The poisoned gift is already there, so what can you do? We just have to play Monday, and then Thursday, and then Stamford Bridge on the Sunday.
Next up for United is Stoke who have started the season in terrible form, failing to win any of their opening six fixtures.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke his goal scoring duck against Zorya and will be keen to fire United to their fourth consecutive victory in all competitions.
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