Manchester United have hit out at what they believe to be a harsher festive fixture schedule than their rivals.
It’s the time of year when managers of elite clubs moan about having a heavy workload for their players, failing to spot that smaller clubs – with smaller squads – have the same issue.
Manchester United have gone a step further, using their website to detail how they feel hard done to. The Jose Mourinho PR campaign lives on from his Chelsea days.
‘All 20 top-flight clubs are faced with taxing schedules but our research shows that Manchester United have a harder time of it than our rivals towards the top of the table,’ the story begins.
‘Jose Mourinho’s side have a total of six non-matchdays over the period – no club has fewer – while London trio Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham United can boast three more, due to the Gunners’ clash with Liverpool being brought forward to this Friday and the Spurs versus West Ham derby moving back to 4 January.’
‘Chelsea’s matches are nicely spaced out to give them a total of eight days between games, while Liverpool and Manchester City have seven.’
‘United and Leicester will play four games between 23 December and 1 January after our clash at the King Power Stadium was switched to a Saturday night kick-off.
‘At least the journey to the East Midlands will be the longest of United’s hectic schedule, with the total mileage coming out at 288, still considerably more than our Boxing Day opponents Burnley, who are at the bottom of the time-on-the-road table with only 160 miles.’
Yes, they did bother to count and compare the number of miles travelled by them and Burnley and create a ‘time-on-the-road table’.
‘It’s the price of success, in many respects, but it all means Jose will have to juggle his resources accordingly in order to deal with such an exhausting programme.’
Surely it’s the price of being in the Premier League, and signing broadcasting deals that allow for games to be moved for television? For which you are given sh*t tonnes of money.