FA Cup: Mourinho Vows To Field Strong United Team Vs  Chelsea

FA Cup: Mourinho Vows To Field Strong United Team Vs  Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has stated that Manchester United will be at full strength when they face Chelsea in Monday night's quarter-final Emirates FA Cup fixture at Stamford Bridge.

After travelling to Russia for the first leg of their Europa League round 16 tie against Rostov, United will be on the road again for the Cup game against Chelsea.

Despite having to play two consecutive games away from home, Mourinho stated that United cannot afford to present a weak team against Chelsea.

"We have three days and we have to travel," Mourinho  said in Friday's press conference.


"We have to go to London. It’s really hard. We don’t have Zlatan, of course not, but we go with everything we have. We don’t put a [weakened] team out like some clubs sometimes – Manchester United cannot do that.

"We know this Europa League is very important for us, and the FA Cup is beautiful. We cannot go there with a [Reserve] team, we'll try to manage it within our squad and get a good team to compete with them.

"Manchester United is Manchester United; it's the winner of this competition. It's not Chelsea's fault we were given this Monday match. We'll make changes, as we played on Thursday, but we cannot go to Chelsea with a [Reserve] team."

Mourinho pointed out that United's target is to remain in contention for the FA Cup, Europa League and a top four finish in the Premier League.

"We want to keep two doors open. We have to keep getting points in the Premier League to keep our chances open and if we get through the knock-out round here, we're in the quarter-finals and feel the door is open, so we have to try.

"We have a trophy in our pocket, which is a good feeling for everyone. Now we have the Premier League for the fight for the top four and we have the Europa League fight for Rostov."

And on his return to Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said:"Chelsea? It’s no different. Obviously before the game and after the game, I’ll meet some fans and some people I like. The relation with the fans was always good but, for me, it’s just professional."

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