Gary Neville believes Manchester United must beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final to ensure Jose Mourinho maintains "progression."
The Red Devils have been blown away by champions Manchester City in the title race and exited the Champions League in the last 16 against Sevilla.
But after eliminating Tottenham in the semi-finals of the FA Cup, Neville believes Mourinho can still rescue their season.
"For United, is it a great season? No," Neville told Sky Sports. "But it is a good season because the momentum is still going as they have the opportunity to win the FA Cup and finish second, which would be progression.
"The importance of getting another medal round the necks of the players should not be underestimated in terms of keeping building and challenging Manchester City next season."
Alexis Sanchez struggled to impact United initially after moving to Old Trafford in January from Arsenal.
But the Chilean scored at Wembley last weekend vs Spurs and appears to be finding his feet – with Chile absent from the World Cup, Mourinho will welcome back a refreshed player after a gruelling schedule in recent years.
Mourinho will aim to sign at least two midfielders in another significant window, as Michael Carrick is retiring and Marouane Fellaini is set to leave on a free transfer.
If Man United win the FA Cup, will it signal progression under Mourinho?
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