Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has welcomed FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans to expand the World Cup to 48 nations.
“I’m totally in favor,” Mourinho told FIFA.com. “As a club manager, if the expansion meant more games, less holidays and less pre-season for players, I would say no. But it’s important for critics to analyze and understand that expansion doesn’t mean more matches.
“Players are protected and clubs are protected in this way. I prefer groups of three. Two matches and then through to the knockout stages or go home. This way, the two group matches are crucial, then the knock-out stage is next, which brings even more emotion.”
Mourinho’s Manchester United has been rejuvenated after a turbulent start to the Premier League season.
United, currently on a seven-match winning run, hosts Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.