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Is Jose Mourinho’s record in finals giving Manchester United an advantage going into the FA Cup final

This weekend will mark Jose Mourinho’s 15th Cup final since he began management back in 2000 with Portuguese side Benfica. He boasts an impressive record when it comes to cup finals, and he seems to know just how to win one-off games, which begs the question does his record in finals give United an advantage before this weekend’s cup final.

Mourinho told Manchester Evening News “finals are not for playing-they are for winning.” This quote does not aptly fit more than in his Champions League triumph with Inter Milan back in 2011. In a campaign that saw them win the treble, Mourinho’s side played quite possibly some of the most negative football played in the competition when they went to the Nou Camp in the second leg of the semi-final. Leading 3-1 from the first leg Milan went down to ten men after half an hour but still won the tie and went on to win the competition.

That game showed just how tactically astute the now, United boss is and how he is one of the best managers when it comes to winning one-off games. He doesn’t care how it looks, all he cares about is winning the game and more often than not he does.

With United he has won three cup finals including a Community Shield win and this weekend’s FA Cup final will end a very successful and progressive season for the Reds after finishing second in the league and assuring Champions League football for next year. But that will not be enough for Mourinho and he will be determined to beat his old side Chelsea and win his second FA Cup.

His record is as much down to his want and need to win matches and trophies as his tactics in one-off games. Cesc Fabregas, a former player under Mourinho, told the Independent last year that; “He just loves winning. I am not saying other managers, I have played under don’t but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with.” That want and will to win will rub off on all the players he has managed and it seems as though it has worked with the United players.

Mourinho’s record will certainly give United a slight advantage going into this weekend’s cup final, but the majority of the United players also have vast experience in finals and that is going to be vital going into the game. Most of this season’s squad took part in United’s cup triumphs in the Europa League and League Cup last season and that experience along with Mourinho’s record will be important.

This weekend’s FA Cup final will be very important in cementing a successful season for United and go a long way to laying the groundwork for next season. Jose Mourinho’s record and tactics will go a long way to decide the fate of the game and I’m sure he already has a game plan in place to stop Hazard and co and win his next major trophy with United.

Written by Dan Pearce

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