Manchester United have 'progressed massively' under Jose Mourinho, insists Old Trafford legend Dwight Yorke

Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke has fired back at Jose Mourinho’s critics and insists the Red Devils have ‘progressed massively’ since the manager’s arrival.

The former striker also believes winning Saturday’s FA Cup final would be a huge step towards lifting the Premier League title next season.

United lifted the EFL Cup and Europa League during Mourinho’s first season in charge, and they have a chance to claim their third trophy under the Portuguese boss this weekend when they take on his former club Chelsea at Wembley.

Mourinho celebrates Man United’s Europa League victory last season

He also guided the club to second place in the Premier League this season, and yet some supporters have been unhappy about Mourinho’s conservative brand of football and of his management of their top stars.

But Yorke has defended the boss and says lifting the FA Cup would represent another great season for the club, despite seeing rivals Manchester City run away with the league title.

“Finishing second in the Premier League and winning the FA Cup – that would be another fantastic season for us,” the former striker told talkSPORT.

“When you look at what Mourinho did last season – we finished sixth but he masterminded two cup wins and got us back into the Champions League .

“We finished second this year and are in another cup final – if we can win that, I would think that’s massive, massive progression.

“A lot of people go on about the style of football, but there have been some massive performances from United this season. Turning Tottenham over, coming back to win away at Manchester City, beating the likes of Liverpool – those were massive results.

“It’s just the inconstancy that’s frustrating, and it will frustrate Jose as much as anyone else.

Mourinho has been criticised for his treatment of star man Paul Pogba this season

“What United have done under Mourinho is very, very good progress.

“Providing that they win tomorrow, I think he’s setting it up nicely for us to win the Premier League next year – that’s the ultimate aim.

“Then he will walk away thinking, ‘I don’t know what people are complaining about’.

“He continues to deliver silverware. It might not be done in the manner to everyone’s liking, but he certainly is producing the goods for us.”

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