Jose Mourinho: Why Chelsea FC didn’t deserve to beat Man United

Jose Mourinho offers his verdict on Manchester United's 1-0 FA Cup final defeat by Chelsea FC on Saturday

Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho is convinced that Chelsea FC did not deserve to beat Manchester United in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

The west London side managed to claim a 1-0 victory over the Red Devils at Wembley thanks to Eden Hazard’s first half penalty at the national stadium as Antonio Conte’s men claimed the final piece of domestic silverware on offer this season.

Manchester United were largely outplayed by the Blues in the first half, but the Red Devils grew into the game after the break and had chances to equalise against the west London side.

However, Mourinho’s men were unable to find the breakthrough as they ended up having to settle for a runners-up medal against the Blues.

The result means that Manchester United have ended their second season under Mourinho without a trophy.

However, the Portuguese coach feels that his side deserved more from Saturday’s clash.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Mourinho said: “I congratulate them because they won but I don’t think they deserved to win.

“I congratulate [them] because I am a sportsman and they scored one more goal than us and they get the Cup.

“I think I have to do what my job requires me to do – I am the Manchester United manager and I must be respectful, not just because they [Chelsea] were my previous club but because they are the opponent that won the Cup. But I think we deserved to win, we were the better team but that’s football. It’s disappointing.

“We were the second best team in the Premier League and we were the second best team in the FA Cup, although I think we were the best [in that competition].”

Manchester United will now look towards the summer transfer window as they aim to strengthen their squad and build a team capable of winning the Premier League title next season.

The Red Devils have not won the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final campaign in charge in 2013.

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