Mourinho won’t field a ‘Nicky Butt team’ at Chelsea

Date published: Friday 10th March 2017 3:00

Jose Mourinho will not field a weakened team in the FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea on Monday despite facing FC Rostov in the Europa League three days later.

Manchester United drew 1-1 in Russia on Thursday night in their Europa League last 16 first leg ahead of the return tie at Old Trafford next Thursday.

Before then, Mourinho takes United to his old side for an FA Cup quarter-final, with Chelsea going for the domestic Double, while the Red Devils are eyeing a tophy Treble.

Despite the workload, the United boss is well aware of the expectation to face Chelsea with competitive team.

Reflecting on Thursday’s draw, Mourinho said: “We are one step from being in the quarter-final. We have that motivation and the fans will push with us at Old Trafford. Hopefully we go to the quarter-final.

“An away goal is always positive, it’s better 1-1 than 0-0 obviously, but the game is open. The result is open and with this Rostov team they have experience of playing big matches and big stadiums. I don’t think it’s a problem for them to compete against us. They play Sunday and we play Monday.”

Mourinho will not field a team of reserves or youngsters, with the Portuguese referring to academy director Nicky Butt when he made the point the point about the need to field a team capable of beating Chelsea.

“Monday we don’t go with a Nicky Butt team,” he added.

“Manchester United is too big, it is the winner of the competition. It is not Chelsea’s fault that we were given this Monday match so we have to make changes for sure because we play Monday and Rostov play Sunday, but we can’t go to Stamford Bridge with a Nicky Butt team.”

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