United alters Chelsea preparations as Mourinho court date looms

Manchester United has not confirmed if Jose Mourinho will attend court on Friday but its usual news conference has been moved.

Mourinho was summoned at the end of September over allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax authorities of €3.3million between 2011 and 2012 during his time in charge of Real Madrid.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United has altered its preparations for Sunday's Premier League trip to Chelsea, with manager Jose Mourinho due to appear in court to answer accusations of tax fraud in Madrid on Friday.

Mourinho was summoned at the end of September over allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax authorities of €3.3million between 2011 and 2012 during his time in charge of Real Madrid.

When the charges were announced in June, the 54-year-old's representatives issued a statement denying he had been contacted by prosecutors, while insisting he had paid his taxes in full.

United was unable to offer clarification over whether Mourinho will attend the court hearing, set for 10am local time in Pozuelo de Alarcon, when contacted by Omnisport, but the club's pre-match media duties have been moved to Thursday lunchtime – a day earlier than usual.

Mourinho suffered a chastening 4-0 defeat on his return to Stamford Bridge last season but United is two places and four points better off than Antonio Conte's defending champion as it heads into the weekend in second spot, five points back from leader Manchester City.

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