"In the big games, the big players tend to turn up".
Jose Mourinho can become the third manager to win the FA Cup with two different clubs next month but says finishing runners-up in the Premier League will be more important in the final analysis of Manchester United's season.
"We should ask ourselves why there is too many critics on all of us?" said Mourinho.
"Even when they had the ball, when we were winning we were totally in control".More news: Throw out romaine lettuce, CDC advises as E. coli outbreak spreads
The fans are behind Pochettino mostly but there was a sense of "here we go again" after the defeat to United. "We can't throw it away".
The FA Cup is the only trophy left on offer for the 20-time Premier League champions to aim for and with Mourinho often pointing out "improvements" from his first season to the current.
Pochettinoplayed down the importance of winning the FA Cup compared to a Premier League title or Champions League.
"It's been demanding but we hope to win the final". They lost 2-0 that day to Mourinho's Chelsea.
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"A coach makes his choices for the team, not for one player, he takes me out and puts someone else in". At the moment, it's hard to believe, but we need to keep on going, keep on pushing, working and learning from these kinds of games.
Pochettino did not criticise any of his players and instead focused on the difficulty of competing with the club's major rivals.
The much-travelled Portuguese tactician prioritises results before substance; when analysing United's victory in last year's Europa League final against Dutch giants Ajax, he noted to him "beautiful football" means not giving his opponents what they want.
"Right now I am at Man United and I am thinking exclusively about the present, the FA Cup and the coming World Cup", he said.
"That is the way we have made a decision to go and Tottenham is a completely different club to the others". But, the competitor inside him must be growing frustrated after essentially becoming a squad player, just when it seemed he was destined to be one of the first names on Mourinho's team sheet.More news: Another School Shooting Happens in Florida