Mourinho emphasises on finishing second

Mourinho emphasises on finishing second

Jose Mourinho can become the third manager to win the FA Cup with two different clubs next month but says finishing runners-up in the Premier League will be more important in the final analysis of Manchester United's season.

Mourinho's side hit back from conceding early at Wembley to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in the semifinal on Saturday and will claim a record-equalling 13th FA Cup triumph if they overcome Chelsea or Southampton in the final.

Victory next month would be a third trophy in two seasons for Mourinho's United and the Portuguese would join Herbert Chapman (Huddersfield in 1922 and Arsenal in 1930) and Billy Walker (Sheffield Wednesday in 1935 and Nottingham Forest in 1959) in winning the knockout competition for two clubs.

Despite being a serial trophy-collector during his glittering career, Mourinho only had eyes on the seven points his team need to guarantee finishing as runners-up to an "untouchable" Manchester City in the Premier League.

"I think the feeling now is we need two victories and one draw to finish second with 81 points," Mourinho, who won the FA Cup with Chelsea in 2007, told a news conference after Saturday's deserved victory.

"The season is successful if we finish second, if we do a better Premier League season than Spurs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. If we do that I think it's a sucessful season because 81 points is to break the 80-point target and to finish second against an untouchable winner is good.

"To make a lot more points than last season, to win more matches, to score more goals, to concede less goals, to have much better results against the top teams."

"The (FA Cup) final is the final and obviously we have to try and win it but I don't think it's because of one game that the team is good or bad, a player is good or bad, a manager is good or bad or a season is good or bad."



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