Jose Mourinho warned about Man United’s lack of progression

The Manchester United boss needs to win the FA Cup to claim that the Red Devils have had a successful season, according to Mark Lawrenson

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: Uefa handout

Mark Lawrenson doesn’t believe Manchester United have progressed in their second season under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils finished in second place in the Premier League table which on paper is an improvement upon their sixth spot last term.

However, Manchester United finished 19 points adrift of Premier League champions Manchester City to leave Mourinho with a sizeable gap to close.

The Red Devils suffered a surprise 2-1 loss to La Liga side Sevilla in the Champions League round of 16 to prematurely exit the competition.

Manchester United won the Europa League and the League Cup in Mourinho’s first season in charge and the Red Devils could still win the FA Cup this term.

The 20-time English champions will take on Chelsea FC in the FA Cup showpiece on Saturday as the Red Devils look to equal Arsenal’s record of 13 titles..

Former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson believes Mourinho needs to get his hands on the FA Cup to claim that Manchester United have had a good season.

“Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho really needs to win the FA Cup final because then he can turn around and say he has had a good season,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.

“If he doesn’t then it has been average. Finishing runners-up in the Premier League is just par for a club the size of United.

“With the amount they have spent on players then, if you consider they were a distant second behind Manchester City, it is not the step forward that Mourinho would have wanted for his second year in charge.”

Manchester United were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the previous round courtesy of goals from Ander Herrera and Alexis Sanchez.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013.

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