Jose Mourinho says that if Manchester United can win the FA Cup and finish second in the Premier League it would represent a good season, after the Red Devils booked a spot in the final by beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley.
As the seats around Wembley emptied and the Spurs fans who stayed and those who left accepted what is becoming increasingly familiar and inevitable, the list of failures was once again receiving a forensic examination. The FA Cup is an awesome trophy to win and no matter what people say about it, it is a very prestigious cup, much like our club.
Paul Pogba appeared to be turning in yet another awful performance, but the Frenchman suddenly came alive to deliver a sumptuous assist for Alexis Sanchez and he continued to shine for the rest of the match. "We were close but not enough to win".
United will face either Chelsea or Southampton in the final. "We have to try and pick ourselves up and finish the season strongly". Tottenham have now fallen a record eighth straight time upon reaching the penultimate round, with their last successful run to the tournament final coming in 1991.
Son and Eriksen were causing United issues in a dominant opening 20 minutes but the adage that when you are top, you have to make it count never rang truer. His love of Wembley, and the FA Cup, was made clear at Arsenal, where he scored four goals in his previous four ties at the national stadium.
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He could use them both or sell one off as part of another deal, perhaps to land an established veteran like Odell Beckham. Then they can accumulate some picks and still find a player that fills a need later in the first or early in the second.
When Spurs score on any "normal day"; Pochettino is always the first man to look ahead. We deserved it. If we split the match into periods, we were the best team for many of these periods.
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.
It will be the third final United will play in under manager Jose Mourinho, following last season's successes in the EFL Cup and Europa League. "They did and they went on to win".
It's never easy for January signings to bed in at their new clubs but even the most-ardent Manchester United supporter would admit Alexis Sanchez's start to life at Old Trafford has been underwhelming.
Liverpool missed a chance to considerably stretch its advantage over Tottenham in one of Saturday's two league games.
However, with their only three defeats of 2018 all coming at Wembley against the toughest of opposition in Juventus, Manchester City and now Manchester United, questions remain over Pochettino's ability to turn Tottenham into trophy winners. We dominated the first half and were much better than Manchester United.