The fact Burton view the early weeks of the league season as more important than a trip to Old Trafford highlights the issues with a competition that Mourinho believes could be dispensable.
As Mourinho will be aiming to rest some of his players and rotate the squad for the Carabao Cup, some of these players who are yet to feature for the Club this season will most likely be called upon to help United progress in the competition.
On Wednesday, the players of Championship side Burton Albion will get to do just that - but the dreams may not last long given that they'll be facing a white-hot United side in the third round of the League Cup.
September 20, 2017 at 22:00, the final fight of the day in the 1/16 finals of the Football League Cup of England will be a confrontation at the stadium "Old Trafford" between Manchester United and Burton Albion.
"But you know when you play for Man United, winning is an expectation and an obligation but I like that obligation to be honest".
"Maybe we would be fresher for European competitions, for example. If we don't win it it's because the opponents are better than us".
It's also more than six other Premier League clubs have had each over the past five years (Bournemouth had 34 games televised in that time, Brighton 52 games, Burnley 46 games, Huddersfield 25 games, Stoke 49 games and West Brom 51 games).
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United thrashed Everton 40-0 in their last League game and will carry a lot of positives from the win.
For Burton, Luke Varney is among the starters and he leads the attack for the away team. Despite making wholesale changes to their team, United are still able to field a strong side packed with quality players so I don't see them having any trouble tonight.
Given that League Cup ties are huge boosts for lower league sides, especially if they play against English football's elite, scrapping the tournament would be a big blow to those who earn big cash injections from facing such opposition.