Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho grateful for Fulham hospitality

Toby Alderweireld is in line to return to the fold for the game against Brighton

Manchester United take on Tottenham at Wembley in the first semi-final on Saturday (5.15pm kick-off).

Nobody could keep pace with Manchester City this season. Last season, Hugo Lloris was brought in for the semi-final against Chelsea.

Despite Pochettino's insistence - yet again, and much to the irritation of some fans - that winning the domestic cups won't be "life-changing", this is a club that deserves a trophy for all the progress they have made over the past four years.

He lifted it with United in 2016 but was sacked two days later and that is the mark of the club and shows what really matters for them. It was nearly a case that we had one in the bag and it became easier trying to chase others - and we went on to win two more that season.

Manchester United have had the upper hand when being classed as the "home" side having won the last four. "If we can complete that [finishing second and winning the FA Cup] then I think we would take that and hopefully it will spur us on to make sure we have more of a run at the title".

Mourinho, who denied the suggestion his season will be a failure if United do not win the FA Cup, has had his team training in London since the 2-0 Premier League win at Bournemouth on Wednesday.


"Of course the FA Cup is very important. I don't think it's about need or not need", he said.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) embraces Brighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton before the Premier League match at the AMEX Stadium (pic: Gareth Fuller/PA Images).

"It's an opportunity for people to come in and showcase what they can do".

Yes, Tottenham might be lacking in the trophy department but the fact that years ago they were mere hopefuls for a Europa League spot demonstrates the stunning growth that they have undertaken.

Perhaps Sanchez's best display of the season came against Tottenham, but it was in an Arsenal shirt. Where Spurs project an image of unity and togetherness - apart from when Harry Kane goes after Christian Eriksen's goals, of course - United are disjointed and disparate, a team of supremely talented individuals who grind and screech against each other on the pitch like oversized cogs in a faulty machine.

Mourinho has overseen a stark improvement this season with United already recording more points and scoring more goals than they managed in his first campaign at Old Trafford.

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