Jose Mourinho has stated that playing in the Europa League will put a bump in Manchester United’s EPL ambitions.
Nevertheless, the Portuguese manager is still looking to win the competition and will ensure his men are well motivated.
Manchester United kick start their Europa League campaign with a match against Feyenoord.
“It is more difficult, yes,” said Mourinho.
“Especially because you have also the chance to play on the Monday, but we did not get that privilege, so when we play Thursday, we were never given a Monday spot, to have one more day.
“We know that we are not going to have any kind of support for that, in fact the week when we play Liverpool, Fenerbahce and Chelsea, the gift was to play Liverpool on the Monday, but the Monday before, not the Monday after.
“We play Liverpool on the Monday (October 17), then we play Fenerbahce on the Thursday (October 20) and then Chelsea on the Sunday (October 23).”
Nonetheless, Mourinho says there is no question of his team taking the Europa League lightly.
“This is not a competition that Manchester United wants,” he said. “It’s not the competition I or the players want.
“But it is the competition where we are and that is the reality. We have to look to the competition with respect and we want to win the competition.
“It is difficult to do it, but it is simple to say, and this is how we want to approach the competition tomorrow.
“It is an important match for us and we must find the motivation that I found myself already.
“I have to try and pass that motivation to the players, because I know the Europa League is not the big dream of every player.
“But you are not in the Champions League, so you have to find your motivation in the competition you are in.”