The Red Devils came from a goal down to run out 2-1 winners at Wembley Stadium, thus reaching a 20th FA Cup final to keep their hopes of preventing a trophyless season alive.
However, it hasn’t stopped many being critical of their campaign, which the Portuguese tactician – while commending his side’s worthy progression to next month’s FA Cup final – dismissed on the grounds of what they have achieved since he took office in 2016.
“We deserve it. If we split the match into periods we were the best team for many of these periods. Even when they had the ball when we were winning we were totally in control,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
“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.
“We should ask ourselves why there is too many critics on all of us? We can finish second with six more points. 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.”
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Manchester United made FA Cup history last month when they equalled Arsenal’s semi-final appearance record (29), and now they have done the same regarding finals (20).
In fact, across both domestic cup competitions, the Red Devils will now play in their 29th final (20 FA Cup, nine League Cup finals) a feat unmatched by another other English club.
Manchester United are the second team in history to reach the FA Cup final on 20 occasions.
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— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 21, 2018
If Mourinho can win his second FA Cup, against either former club Chelsea or Southampton, whom he faced in last season’s League Cup final, then United will join Arsenal as the most decorated team in FA Cup history with 13 titles.
Arsenal are, in fact, United’s next opponents. The two teams will meet at Old Trafford next Sunday in a Premier League fixture.