Manchester United face Premier League, EFL Cup, FA Cup and Europa League fixture congestion

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Jose Mourinho has bemoaned Manchester United's fixture congestion as they fight for success in the Premier League, EFL Cup, FA Cup and Europa League. But just how bad is their schedule?

United could still have 25 matches to play, should they progress in all competitions. That's nearly twice as many as rivals Liverpool, who are guaranteed to have just 13 remaining fixtures.

In fact, they could be set for nearly one game every four days on average until the end of the season.

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Maximum remaining fixtures for current top six PL clubs

Club Maximum fixtures
Man Utd 25
Tottenham 24
Man City 24
Arsenal 22
Chelsea 16
Liverpool 13

United's progress to the final of Sunday's EFL Cup means the scheduled Premier League Manchester derby has been postponed.

In addition, their FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea on March 11 means they must find a new date for their planned league clash with Southampton.

Paul Pogba and Emre Can compete for the ball
Image: United could still have to play another 25 games this season, while Liverpool only have 13 fixtures remaining

Mourinho's men are also in the last 16 of the Europa League after beating St-Etienne 4-0 on aggregate.

The first leg of the last-16 tie will be played on Thursday, March 9, just days before their FA Cup clash at Chelsea.

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The return leg will take place ahead of a Premier League trip to Middlesbrough on March 19.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Emirates FA Cup, Fifth Round match at Ewood Park, Black
Image: United have progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals after a 2-1 win over Blackburn

Balancing United's commitments will get even tougher for Mourinho should the team go on to reach the last eight of the Europa League.

A quarter-final tie is scheduled ahead of a Premier League fixture with Chelsea, while league games at Arsenal and Tottenham would follow semi-final legs.

The Europa League trophy, which will be up for grabs at the 2017 final in Stockholm
Image: The Europa League trophy will be up for grabs at the 2017 final in Stockholm

If United progressed to the Europa League and the FA Cup finals, they would play their final Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace on May 21, before travelling to Stockholm for the Europa League final on May 24 and returning to Wembley for May 27.

Man Utd's potential remaining fixture list

Competition Opposition Date
PL Man City Postponed
EFL Cup Southampton 26 Feb
PL Bournemouth 4 Mar
Europa League ? 9 Mar
FA Cup Chelsea 11 Mar
PL Southampton Postponed
Europa League ? 16 Mar
PL Middlesbrough 19 Mar
PL West Brom 1 Apr
PL Everton 4 Apr
PL Sunderland 8 Apr
Europa League ? 13 Apr
PL Chelsea 15 Apr
Europa League ? 20 Apr
FA Cup ? 22 Apr/ 23 Apr
PL Burnley 22 Apr
PL Swansea 29 Apr
Europa League ? 4 May
PL Arsenal 6 May
Europa League ? 11 May
PL Tottenham 13 May
PL Crystal Palace 21 May
Europa League ? 24 May
FA Cup ? 27 May
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