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Giroud hopes FA Cup success follows him across London

21 April, 2018, 04:25 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Louis Van Gaal guided the Old Trafford club to the 2016 FA Cup final, defeating Crystal Palace in the show piece occasion, while Jose Mourinho collected his first trophy with the club in a League Cup final win over Southampton in 2017.

"Now it feels different because we will share facilities with Manchester United", Pochettino said.

A place in the FA Cup final is within touching distance for the four semi-finalists this weekend.

Although, finishing in the top-four would mark a good season for the Lilywhite's, winning a trophy is still what the fans want.

"They were really, really strong".

Mourinho has a reputation for getting the job done in the big games and has still never lost a final in 90 minutes, but for United to get there, they must overcome a Spurs side by whom they were soundly beaten at Wembley in January. Meanwhile, the phantom of Mourinho's customary third-season implosion haunts the corridors of the Theatre of Dreams, moaning theatrically. "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".

In the Premier League they did not challenge for the title but if they finish second they can say they are the next best team after City, and the ones who are closest to them.


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.

The cup will keep them going of course, and obviously I am not saying they don't want to win it. "I was champions with Chelsea with 95 points", Mourinho said.

I remember being at Liverpool when we won the 2001 League Cup and stumbled over the line against Birmingham on penalties in the final.

By that I mean putting players in positions where they are not right for that particular role - like using Paul Pogba in a holding role when he does not really want to play there.

David de Gea, the PFA Goalkeeper of the year once more, will start in goal having captained Manchester United at Bournemouth. However, it is still up to Pochettino and his men to prove him wrong, and beating Manchester United is the only way to do so.

The sides first met in October 2017 at Old Trafford where United scraped a late 1-0 victory over a Spurs side without Harry Kane.

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