Jose Mourinho cannot complain about fixture pile-up ahead of next week’s Europa League final, according to Ajax boss Peter Bosz, Sky Sports reports.
United have to contend with Premier League games against Southampton – live on Sky Sports on Wednesday – and Crystal Palace before they face Ajax in the showpiece event in Stockholm on May 24.
Meanwhile, Ajax will have had more than a week to prepare for the match after finishing their domestic season with a 3-1 win over Willem II on May 14.
United will have played eight games more than the Dutch club over the course of the season but Bosz says Mourinho – who was branded “the master of mind games” on the Ajax website – has no right to complain, given the strength of his squad at Old Trafford.
“If I only look at his line-ups and team formations all season, then he is playing with almost two different teams – one team for the Europa League and one for the Premier League,” Bosz said.
“If those boys, which he is using for his European games, are not playing at the weekend in the Premier League, they have as much rest and exactly the same preparation time as my players – and look at the amount of players he has available to rotate.”
Four-time European Cup winners Ajax are preparing to play in their first major European final for 21 years.
Bosz says the club’s return to prominence is “a victory for football” and has backed his young side to upset their Premier League opponents next Wednesday.
“If I say that this is going to be a normal game now, people will laugh because it really isn’t a normal game at all anymore,” Bosz added.
“But my Ajax boys, no matter how young they are, won’t be afraid.
“They have played massive games this season. Come and see a game against Feyenoord. Look what we did against Schalke in the Euro quarter-final (scoring twice with 10 men in the second leg to win 4-3 on aggregate).
“All that experience we take with us to Stockholm.”