Paul Ince: Manchester United must win FA Cup to save Jose Mourinho

Paul Ince: Manchester United must win FA Cup to save Jose Mourinho

Former Manchester United man Paul Ince has claimed that Jose Mourinho can’t afford to not win the FA Cup this season or else he could face huge scrutiny.

The Portuguese manager could be set to win his third trophy in two seasons with the club but has still come under huge amounts of criticism.

Most of the criticism has been targeted to the way United play rather than his results given how he’s managed to guide United to second place this Premier League campaign.

None the less, many like Ince believe that Mourinho has to win the FA Cup in order to save his job and that the season won’t be considered successful otherwise.

Many people, including fans forget how the former Real Madrid manager had the Red Devils playing in the early parts of the campaign.

According to the Daily Star, Paul said to Paddy Power: “If Man United win the FA Cup this weekend, and you consider that they’ve finished second in the league, you have to call that a successful season.

“I’ve seen a lot of people disputing this, but the fact is, they finished in second place. Yes, Liverpool or Tottenham might have played more attractive football, but they still didn’t finish in the runner up spot.

“There’s a points system for a reason. When you look at how Man City played this year, they were miles ahead of everyone else.

“United finished on their best points total for years, and let’s be honest if they were up against normal opposition they’d probably have won the league with ease.

“But would I say them just making top four and winning no silverware would be a good season? No, I wouldn’t. If they were to win it – then it will save Jose Mourinho’s blushes.

“But if they don’t, he will be under severe scrutiny. Especially when you consider their two biggest rivals could have won the Premier League and the Champions League.”

There’s no denying however, how disappointed supporters would be should Manchester United fail to win the FA Cup against a disheartened Chelsea side.

Antonio Conte has failed to lead his team to the Champions League spots and with rumours claiming he’s about to lose his job he seems to have clocked out or not care about the Blues anymore.

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