Jose Mourinho prioritising Europa League over FA Cup

Jose Mourinho prioritising Europa League over FA Cup

Jose Mourinho prioritising Europa League over FA Cup

In addition to the FA Cup quarters, United are now battling for top four in the league, likely advancing to Europa League round of 8 and had a date with Southampton in the League Cup final six days after Mourinho made those comments.

Nonetheless, his men will have to get past a Chelsea team that have suffered just one defeat since October, yet Conte may decide to give a few fringe players an opportunity on Monday night. Chelsea and Manchester United have rotated slightly in the FA Cup this term, although neither had previously faced a fellow Premier League side in their runs to the last eight until now.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, while Anthony Martial is injured and Marcus Rashford sick. The Blues are now primed for a trip to Wembley as they aim to book their place in the FA Cup final come May.

But Mourinho believes Chelsea's lack of involvement in Europe has made for an easy campaign and that they have time to rest and relax, whereas other teams in the title-race don't.

"But we can not go to Stamford Bridge with a Nicky Butt team". The scoreline might have only been 2-1 but the Blues were in control for the majority of the match and only conceded late on.

About a dozen Chelsea supporters stood up on the half-hour mark and began to chant "F*** off Mourinho", which was clearly audible to those around, including the Portuguese coach who refused to turn to look at the fans. The Red Devils are scheduled to meet Chelsea in the quarter-final.

Mourinho had a wry smile about the decision, but Conte wasn't amused by the treatment of Hazard and the Italian had to be pulled away from the United boss by the fourth official as he protested about Antonio Valencia's foul on Marcos Alonso moments later. Mourinho then needs to add full backs and not wingbacks.

Ashley Young earned himself a yellow card after cynically bringing down Victor Moses near Conte, which left the Chelsea manager fuming.

"They defend a lot and well, and they counter-attack and kill opponents on the counter-attack, similar to my Chelsea".

This dual is obviously the Jose Mourinho Cup as the Portugese leads his current club against the one that sacked him in December of 2015.

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