Fixture scheduling gives United an advantage over Tottenham
At the end of last season it seemed like Manchester United could not catch a break with the fixture schedule.
United were asked to play away on a Thursday night before the FA Cup semi-final, in comparison with Chelsea who had a home fixture two days earlier.
Well, as bad as it got for United, it was never quite as bad as it is for Tottenham this week.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs have to play twice this midweek before travelling to Old Trafford on Sunday.
Fortunately for them, both midweek matches are at home, but that is small consololation.
Tonight Tottenham take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, and then on Thursday night they host Maccabi Haifa in a Europa League qualifier.
Mourinho will likely field a weakened side against Chelsea this evening, with Europa League qualification a priority.
United play against Brighton on Wednesday night and if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rotates his team, he could have a largely fresh XI to use on Sunday.
Mourinho is obviously not happy about the fixture pile up, telling talkSPORT earlier this month: “If I think too much about it, I don’t know how to answer and I will get depressed. I don’t want to get depressed.”
Tottenham will have to use a first team on Thursday in the one-off Europa League qualifier, giving his players little turn around time for Sunday, even if they sit out tonight.
Spurs are already without key player Heung-Min Son, who suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend.
Further injuries will make Tottenham’s task even tougher heading into Sunday’s game.
There is a chance this works in Tottenham’s favour and goes against United, with their players able to reach peak fitness levels quicker.
United have looked out of sorts in the opening two league games and need to raise the intensity on Sunday.
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