Jose Mourinho’s side travelled over 4,000 miles to play with Russian side FC Rostov on Thursday night, a game which ended 1-1. The Portuguese will again lead his team to play Chelsea away from home, in the FA Cup quarterfinals.
Mourinho has complained relentlessly over his fixture schedules, but Antonio Conte has reminded the United manager that the FA respected them enough to set the tie for Monday night, which gives them enough time to rest.
“There are four days to recover, and this game is an important game for us, for them,” he said. “I think their formation will be very good. Also because United and City have the best squads in this league.”
“We could have played on Sunday, or Saturday, if the federation (FA) decided it. But we are playing on Monday. I think that the federation showed great respect for Manchester United to play the last day available in the FA Cup.”