Jose Mourinho is adamant a season without silverware should not be perceived as “failure” as he prepares Man Utd for an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.
The Red Devils failed to push Man City in the title race after crashing out of the Champions League at the Last 16 stage.
The FA Cup represents an opportunity to claim some silverware this term but Mourinho insists the season should be viewed positively, even if United do not reach the final or triumph at Wembley on May 19.
He added: “Can you say the three teams that are not going to win the FA Cup are going to fail? I think it’s too harsh. Praise the winner and we’re going to try to be the ones (who win).”
Mourinho says United’s season has been positive despite the sizeable gap to City, who made it “impossible” for anyone else to win the title.
“Many clubs had positive seasons, like us, like Tottenham, like Liverpool,” he said.
“But it was impossible, because City were really good and consistent and will reach a number of points that makes it impossible.
“Give no chance to the opponent, that’s what Manchester City did.
“We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did it.
“Even when they were almost losing points they managed to win against Bournemouth in minute 145.
“And some other matches where they won minute 90-something. They were really, really, really strong. That’s why there’s no question in the country about who deserves to be champion.”