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Rearranged Manchester derby date adds to those Mourinho headaches

By Staff Reporter

The Manchester derby has been rearranged for Thursday April 27, meaning United are now scheduled to play nine matches nextmonth. The clash between City and United at the Etihad Stadium was postponed in Feburary because of United's involvement in the EFL Cup final against Southampton, a game they won 3-1.

News of the rearrangement isn't likely to please Old Trafford bpss Jose Mourinho, who has already complained about the intense schedule his team face as they continue to fight in the Europa League as well as in the Premier League.

"Do I need a break? Yes, I need two days," he commented after Sunday's 2-1 win against Middlesbrough. "The players need more. I would prefer the break for the players, not for me."

United's hectic April sees them host in-form teams West Brom and Everton in quick succession, before travelling to Sunderland on the 9th.

A trip to Belgium then follows for the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht, before a home match against Chelsea and the return leg of their European tie.

In the last week of the month United will travel to Burnley, contest the rearranged Manchester derby and then entertain Swansea on the 30th.

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