Mourinho: Premier League uncaring towards Europe

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has criticised the Premier League for not lending aid to clubs facing a fixture pile-up when competing in Europe.

Mourinho was unhappy that United had to play Middlesbrough at noon on Sunday when they faced Rostov in the Europa League just three days prior – a 1-0 win at Old Trafford booking a place in the quarter-finals, where they have been drawn against Anderlecht.

The Portuguese coach claimed that governing bodies in "every country" he has worked in were far more helpful when it came to drawing up fixtures for their clubs taking part in European competitions.

Mourinho cited an example of his time in charge of Inter Milan where "it was decided that when the clubs go to the knockout stages of the Europa League and the Champions League, they play [league games] on the previous Friday."

He added in the pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday trip to the Riverside: "We played 11 matches in the last six weeks and it's going to get worse.

"I don't understand how we don't have any help in relation to European football. I've said this for many years.

"I think they don't give an S about the English teams in Europe. They simply don't care. Every [other] country, they try to help, to give support to the teams in European football.

"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."