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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd season not judged on FA Cup final

18 May, 2018, 16:30 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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Sanchez has been there and done it in his previous club, knows what it takes to win a cup final against Chelsea having won the FA Cup in a dramatic finale last season when the odds were stacked against them.

Mourinho also signed Willian to Chelsea back in 2013 and wants to reunite with the 29-year-old attacker at United this time. The last FA Cup final to be decided on penalties was Liverpool against West Ham in 2006 so frankly, we're due one. With 12 FA Cup final wins in their history, Mourinho will hope to lead United to a record-equalling 13th success and tie with Arsenal for the record.

The Blues' English Premier League title defence did not go to plan as they finished outside the Champions League places in fifth, a whopping 30 points behind champions Manchester City.

"In Portugal, there was a lot of pressure because when he arrived (at Porto) we had been two, three years without a title".

In terms of the game itself, we don't see this being the kind of end to end goalfest that's going to make the neutral p*ss their trousers.

Young midfielder Scott McTominay said United's players are also driven by the desire to win the FA Cup for their former manager Alex Ferguson, who is recovering from a brain haemorrhage.

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"If a European team, like, very European, could have a Brazilian in their squad, it would bring a "Brazilian thing" to the game and I think that's very important".

While victory at Wembley this weekend wouldn't erase the problems gripping Chelsea, it does offer a chance to dispel the notion that disharmony between Conte and his players has accelerated their decline.

Days earlier, Mourinho had appeared to allude to a suspension given to Conte for allegedly failing to report match-fixing when coaching at Siena. When I start a season I have always won.

Mourinho is sweating on the fitness of Lukaku for good reason - because United have lacked presence up front without the Belgian. "I can play in any position on the left flank and I'm very happy because I like to have opportunities to score and run". Lingard has an FA Cup final winning goal as well as further strikes in the Community Shield and League Cup final on his CV.

Media speculation has been rife for several months that Conte will leave Chelsea at the end of the campaign.

And he will know that doing the same against this Chelsea side - certainly risky but prone to stagnancy at times - will cause problems against a defence which has come under serious scrutiny this season.

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