Manchester United will have an enforced three week break from the Premier League and Mourinho doesn’t think the league top four will wait for them.
The Red Devils are within distance of the top four after a good run of form in the Premier League, as they’re on a 16-game unbeaten run.
United will however have to turn their focus away from EPL duties as they’ll have to face St Etienne in the Europa League and an FA Cup clash against Blackburn Rovers, second leg of the UEL encounter and the EFL cup final against Southampton.
With his side not in league action again until March 4, Mourinho concedes that a hectic schedule is offering positives and negatives.
“They will leave us,” he said of United’s top-four rivals.
“The other teams will have points so, for sure, it’s going to happen.
“That’s the way it is. I don’t think it is easy, because you want to play the competition, but at the same time we have motivation.
“We play the Europa League, so let’s enjoy the Europa League. We also have a cup final. I don’t believe anyone goes to Wembley not happy to go, so we go, we play.
“We know in this moment that Southampton are probably going to have some days off. I don’t know if they go to a summer camp to some nice, beautiful place with nice weather to prepare for the final.
“The only thing I know is their next game is the final and we have to play three matches during this period. We have to train in this cold weather, we have to train on bad pitches at this time, because the weather doesn’t help the pitches.
“So our situation isn’t easy. But we have to enjoy it, because it’s to play football, it’s to play important matches.”
A 2-0 victory over Watford on Saturday had lifted United to within one point of the Champions League places, but Arsenal are the only side above them also about to take a break from Premier League duty.