United being 'punished' with Christmas fixtures, says Mourinho

Jose Mourinho feels the fixtures over the Christmas period are unfair, with Manchester United among the clubs punished.

Not for the first time Jose Mourinho has expressed his displeasure at the cramped schedule.   -  Getty Images

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho believes his team is being "punished" with the fixtures during the Christmas period.

United has a trip to Leicester City in the Premier League Saturday to begin what is a hectic period of five games in 14 days.

Mourinho feels his team is among several being hurt by the fixtures, which will see United play four league games in 10 days.

"We are not the only ones. There are other teams in the same situation as we are and Leicester is one of them in the same situation as we are," he said.

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"We did the simple objective study on that and there is a big gap, a really big gap between some clubs and other clubs.

"There are clearly the ones that are really privileged and there are clearly another group of the ones that are really punished by the decisions of the calendar and there are another group in the middle of it, where I would like to be. I know I would never be in the top group but in the middle group, we would like to be."

United is second in the Premier League, 11 points behind leader and rival Manchester City.

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