Jose Mourinho explains why Manchester United returned late for the second half of their FA Cup semi-final Simon Rice

FA Cup Semi-Final - Manchester United v Tottenham HotspurJose Mourinho on the touchline at Wembley (Getty)

Jose Mourinho has explained that he had a lot of talking to do at half-time during his side’s FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham, so much so it caused Manchester United to emerge late for the second period. Whatever he said must have worked, as the Red Devils went on to win the match 2-1 with a dominant second-half display. Having gone behind to a Dele Alli goal, Alexis Sanchez equalised soon after with a headed finish from Paul Pogba’s cross.

Giroud celebrates stunning FA Cup semi-final goal with huge Conte high five Arsene Wenger hits out at ‘hurtful’ Arsenal fans Alexis Sanchez scored the equaliser for Manchester United (AFP) The sides went in at the break with the score at 1-1, but Mourinho wasn’t happy. ‘We lost control after the 1-0,’ he said. ‘At half-time we spoke – we came back late for the second half because we spoke a lot – and organised ourselves.’


Mourinho wasn’t satisfied with the first half performance (Reuters)

Manchester United went on to win the game thanks to an Ander Herrera strike midway through the second half. They controlled the game after that, with Tottenham failing to have an effort of note on David De Gea’s goal. ‘We deserve it,’ said Mourinho, whose side will face either Chelsea or Southampton in the final. ‘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.’




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