On Thursday, United produced a lethargic performance in beating Russian club Rostov 1-0 and also lost midfielder Paul Pogba to a hamstring injury.
Manchester United just about did what they had to do, getting the goal that moved them into the quarterfinals of the Europa League. Keane said after the game.
At one point in the second half at Old Trafford, he even peeled a banana on the touchline and had it passed onto the pitch for a worn out Marcos Rojo to eat.
Mourinho is unimpressed as he believes his team are eventually going to suffer because of fixture congestion and fatigue, while the other five teams above them will get adequate rest during the business end of the season.
“We should be the last team to play in the weekend”, he said.
Mourinho added: “Without them [the clubs in European competition] and their money, the Premier League wouldn’t be the Premier League – the clubs would not be so rich”. “Manchester United sold players that I would never sell, bought players that I would never buy”.
“1-1 is a very doubtful result”.
Boro are in the luxurious position of having no current suspension worries.
Convincing this was most certainly not, the night following a similar theme to many games at Old Trafford this season, with United carving enough chances to put the game to bed early on only for that familiar wastefulness to leave them vulnerable after the interval.
Pogba did his bit to try and break the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when picking up the ball on the edge of the area from Ibrahimovic and firing at goal, but Medvedev did well to turn the strike wide and frustrate United once again.
The extra worry – and it is a real one now – is that injuries are mounting.
Middlesbrough’s biggest change by far ahead of Sunday’s game comes in the manager’s office as Steve Agnew takes temporary charge following the midweek sacking of Karanka. Manchester United were drawn out of the hat second, meaning they will play the first leg away from home.
The final is scheduled for May 24 in Stockholm, Sweden – the home country of United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has never won a UEFA knockout competition. What rubbish. I’ve seen players maybe get Jaffa Cakes passed onto the pitch, so I wasn’t surprised a player was looking for some sort of food but I think they made a bigger drama than what it was.