Manchester United booked a place in the FA Cup semi-final after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley.
Following the game, José Mourinho spoke about his happiness with the victory but wonders why this team, who are second and in a final, face so much criticism.
I am very happy. We deserved 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. 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 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. The best way to answer to it is to work and to live with it and to cope with it and to fight, which is what we all did this week. Bad result and bad performance on the Sunday [against West Brom], not happy at all. But we stuck together, we stayed away for five days from everything and just focused on preparing both matches. Now we can go back to Manchester with the second place in the Premier League, even with one match less than Liverpool, and with a place in the final.
I thought the game was very good. [For] the game to be good you need two, three good teams and I think we had three very good teams. I think the interesting thing was that both teams tried to start very strong, very aggressive. They were better than us, they scored and they had a period where we lost a little bit control in midfield, but then [we had a] good reaction, good football, good goal. In the second half [we had a] good brain, good organisation, very confident, very calm and very much in control, even when Spurs had the ball. So I think the second half was quite calm because we had a feeling that it was going to be very difficult to lose the game and most probably we would win it.