JOSE MOURINHO has warned Chelsea he won’t be fielding a team of youngsters when the two sides meet in the FA Cup quarter final.
Manchester United go to Stamford Bridge on Monday as they try to defend the title they won under Louis van Gaal last season.
But despite a crowded fixture schedule of late, including the return leg of their Europa League tie with Rostov three days later, Mourinho is hoping the FA Cup will provide United a back-door into Europe should they fail to qualify through the Premier League.
And he says he won’t be playing the kids from Nicky Butt’s academy for the tie.
“We have to keep the two doors open,” Mourinho said.
“We need to keep going in the Premier League and, if you are in the quarter final, we would feel the door is open to us in the Europa League. We have to try by every means.
“We have a trophy in our pocket and that is a good feeling for everybody.
“I know we have to beat Rostov at Old Trafford to reach the quarter-finals but we cannot go with a Nicky Butt team because last season Manchester United was the winner of the competition.”