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Jose Mourinho explains Manchester United’s FA Cup preparations against Spurs

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Jose Mourinho explained Manchester United have stayed down in London to allow themselves to prepare the best they can for the game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho and his squad have stayed in the capital since the 2-0 win against Bournemouth in the week rather than flying back to Manchester.

The decision saw a change to the usual pre-match preparations as training took place at Fulham’s ground, Craven Cottage and the training ground of the Championship side.

Mourinho explained to MUTV why the decision was made to change their plans.

“First of all, to thank them [Fulham] because they let us use the best facilities,” Mourinho said. “Yesterday [Thursday] they let us use the stadium Craven Cottage and today [Friday] I asked for a pitch on the training ground [Motspur Park] and Jokanovic, the manager, gave me their best pitch so I have to thank Fulham and Joka for that.

“I think it’s just good for us after the Bournemouth game, instead of travelling back to Manchester, getting the plane, then go back home, come back the next day, train to London again.

“But we just came here [to London], we’re here together, training quietly, preparing for the game the best we can.”

United will be hoping to book their place in the final on May 19 as it remains the club’s only chance of silverware this season.

Despite that, Mourinho insisted the season will not have been a failure should United get knocked out by Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

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