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Our hard work has already made this season a success, says Jose

By Staff Reporter

Jose Mourinho says he has worked "harder than ever" during his first season at Manchester United.

The Portuguese, who will take on Tottenham tomorrow, has ruffled feathers during a campaign in which impressive cup runs have been set against Premier League struggles.

An unfortunate knack for drawing games they have dominated has left United sixth in the standings and four points off a Champions League berth, with 12 matches in the 25-game unbeaten run which ended at Arsenal last weekend finishing level.

It means their best hope of a return to Europe's top competition will be to win the Europa League final against Ajax on May 24.

Mourinho accepts it could well be seen as a season-defining match, but believes the groundwork put in during this taxing first season means the campaign has been a success already.

Asked whether the Ajax match was now pivotal in determining this season as a success or failure, the Portuguese said: "It makes sense to say but I don't feel like that, I don't want the players to feel like that, because we work very hard.

"We work very hard. I have probably worked, this season, harder than ever.

"We did things that nobody did in this club in the first season, like winning a trophy, like the unbeaten run, like reaching a European final."

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