Jose Mourinho set to drop Manchester United stars after West Brom defeat

Jose Mourinho set to drop Manchester United stars after West Brom defeat
From ESPN - April 16, 2018

MANCHESTER -- Jose Mourinho has said some of his Manchester United stars are set to pay the price for the shock home defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

United were beaten 1-0 by the Premier League's bottom side to hand the title to rivals Manchester City.

Mourinho is ready to ring the changes for Wednesday's trip to Bournemouth and said there would be opportunities for fringe players to secure a spot in the starting XI for Saturday's FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

"Rotating is not the right word," the United manager said. "If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semifinal.

"So it is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player that plays against Bournemouth is to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semifinal.

"So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs and some of the guys that played [against West Brom] do not have a place in that team."

Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, all substitutes against West Brom, could be recalled at Bournemouth. Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Scott McTominay and Luke Shaw may also start.

The FA Cup represents United's last chance to end the season with a trophy, but Mourinho said he would only pick players in form when he chooses the team to play Spurs.

"What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team?" he said. "I only know one criteria, is the way they play. It is the only way I can select players.


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