Mkhitaryan: It is better for Manchester United to play Chelsea now
Henrikh Mkhitaryan insists Manchester United are ready to face Chelsea in the FA Cup despite their hectic fixture schedule.
United have been weighed down of late by aiming for success across four competitions, with Jose Mourinho’s side still in the FA Cup and Europa League after winning the EFL Cup late last month.
The Red Devils sit sixth in the Premier League as Chelsea run away with the title, and Antonio Conte’s side head into Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge having had a full week of rest to prepare.
United, in contrast, travel to west London after a long Europa League last-16 trip to FC Rostov, but Mkhitaryan says Mourinho’s men were likely to face Chelsea sooner or later if they want to win the FA Cup.
Asked about the potential impact United’s fixture schedule is having on results, Mkhitaryan told the club’s website: “It doesn’t bother us.
“We just have to get ready for that game. It’s not going to be easy as everyone knows but we know how we’re going to play and we’re hoping for a good game and a good result for us.
“We have to play with everyone. It doesn’t matter whether we’re playing away or at home, we just have to do our best and to keep playing very well. That’s the most important thing.
“There is no sense to think about avoiding Chelsea or someone else [in cup draws] because you’re probably going to meet them in the final.
“I think it’s better to play them now, to see if you can win or not and then you move forward.
“It’s going to be very important to stay in three different competitions.
“We’re going to try to do that. It’s not going to be easy because as you go further it gets difficult but we have to try.
“We’re having a good time now, we’re having good games, we have a good squad and we can reach the maximum that we want.”
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