Jose Mourinho has come out attacking the media for “too much criticism” of his Manchester United side after they reached the FA Cup Final on Saturday evening.
The Reds came from behind with a goal either side of half-time at Wembley to beat Tottenham Hotspur and reach a third major final in two seasons for Mourinho at Man United.
Alexis Sanchez equalised before the break with a header into the bottom corner after excellent work from Paul Pogba, and Ander Herrera struck home to get United the win.
Mourinho was often seen screaming on the touchline at his players, and it paid off, with United winning a fantastic game of football and earning their place in the final.
“We deserve it. If we split the match into periods we were the best team for many of these periods,” Mourinho told BBC Sport. “Even when they had the ball when we were winning we were totally in control.
“We lost control after the 1-0. At half-time we spoke – we came back late for the second half because we spoke a lot – and organised ourselves. When you play away from home the supporters were phenomenal.”
It’s a fourth brilliant comeback for United in about two months for Mourinho. The Reds came from 2-0 behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2, finished victors against Chelsea after going a goal down, delayed Manchester City from winning the title after scoring three times in the second half.
This was the fourth, coming from one goal behind to dominate Spurs. Mourinho thinks his side deserve more credit, given that they are now in a Cup final and look set to finish second in the Premier League with only a few games left this season.
“We should ask ourselves why there is too many critics on all of us? We can finish second with six more points,” the Portuguese continued. “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.”