After finishing 19 points behind local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table and crashing out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 to Sevilla, Manchester United needed to beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final to salvage their season.
However, Jose Mourinho’s side end the 2017-18 campaign empty-handed after slumping to a tepid 1-0 defeat at Wembley.
Eden Hazard’s penalty, converted midway through the first half past David de Gea, won the prestigious domestic trophy for Antonio Conte’s side.
Mourinho insisted the better team had lost after the match but that meant little to the United supporters, who watched their side fail to produce the goods in their biggest game of the season.
The Red Devils had their chances to level the scores - Paul Pogba missing arguably the best chance of the second half with a free header from inside the box - but, ultimately, they didn’t do enough to prevent Chelsea winning the match.
United fans are understandably crestfallen after the defeat and more questions are now being asked about Mourinho.
Will United ever play attractive, winning football under the 55-year-old? Is he really the man to help the club close the gap on City? Can he be trusted to sell and sign the right players this summer?
United fans want two players sold after FA Cup final
The truth is, Mourinho is unlikely to leave Old Trafford ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, but there’s no doubt this is a make-or-break summer for the vastly-experienced coach - and he has to get it spot on in the transfer market.
Following the FA Cup final defeat, two names are continually popping up on social media regarding members of the United squad that fans want to see sold this summer.
Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who have been with United since 2011 and 2010 respectively, have flattered to deceive on far too many occasions over recent seasons and supporters now appear to be sick of the pair of them.
It was Jones who committed the error at Wembley which led to Hazard scoring from the spot. The 26-year-old, who was named in England’s World Cup squad last week, was caught out of position and brought the Belgian down with a last-ditch tackle which could have resulted in a red card.
Alderweireld to join from Spurs?
United fans, confused why Eric Bailly was an unused substitute, are convinced that both defenders now need to leave Old Trafford and replaced by more reliable centre-backs with more quality.
Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld has recently been linked with a big-money move to United, whose fans will be baffled if Smalling and Jones are still lining up at the heart of their defence next season.
Victor Lindelof could also play a more prominent role next term following a difficult debut season.
The Sweden international has made 29 appearances this term.
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