In spite of a 4-1 victory over Championship side Burton on Wednesday to begin their defence of the League Cup, Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is not smiling.

The Portuguese feels the competition, now called Carabao Cup, adds to the already heavy burden of too many matches to play in one season.

"You know, if the competition is an official competition, it is important for Manchester United and for me as a manager and I want the players to think the same way," Mourinho told the BBC.

“If you ask me could the English football survive or even be better without this competition? Maybe. Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example.

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"But we have this competition, we have to respect, we have to respect the sponsors, we have to respect the opponents, we have to respect the professionalism of all of us trying to do the best.

"If we can win it, we win it. If we don't win it is because the opponents were better than us."

United played 64 matches last season as they progressed to the finals of the League Cup and Europa League, as well as the quarter-finals of the FA Cup during a gruelling campaign.

An English side has not won the Champions League since Chelsea's unexpected success against Bayern Munich in 2012.

Between 2005 and 2012, Chelsea, Liverpool and United won the competition as seven English teams reached the final.

United won the League Cup for the first time in 1992, having lost the 1983 final to Liverpool back when it was known as the Milk Cup.

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