Man Utd have been criticised too much – says Mourinho


Jose Mourinho hit out at Manchester United’s critics after they booked their place in the FA Cup final.

United beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley Stadium on Saturday thanks to goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera, providing a chance to bring another major trophy to Old Trafford after United lifted the League Cup and the Europa League last season.

Mourinho’s team also remain on course to end the season second in the Premier League table — the club’s highest finish since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 — and the manager believes they have been on the end of too much criticism.

“We deserve [to finish second],” Mourinho told the BBC. “We should ask ourselves why there is too many critics on all of us? We can finish second with six more points. To do that with all the fantastic teams we play against will be an achievement for a club that couldn’t do it for a few years now.

“And it will be a fourth final in three years. So, maybe too much criticism.”

However, Mourincho conceded in his news conference that United’s season will be judged by whether they can finish second in the Premier League, not by winning the FA Cup.

“If we can finish the season with two victories and one draw and finish the season with 81 points, if we managed to do that, untouchable City, no chance to be in a fight with them, I think that is a good season,” Mourinho said. “We can come to the final with a good spirit in the same spirit we came today.

Against Tottenham, United needed to come back from a goal down after Dele Alli gave Tottenham the lead in the 11th minute. Sanchez equalised with a header from Paul Pogba’s cross before the break but Mourinho said he still needed the half-time interval to mastermind a dominant second-half performance.

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