Mourinho to drop underperforming stars for FA Cup semi-final

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he plans to drop some of the underperforming members of his squad after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

The Baggies had not won an away game since back in August, but despite arriving at Old Trafford rooted to the foot of the table, they managed to beat Jose Mourinho’s second placed side to keep their slim survival hopes alive, while also handing the title to Manchester City in the process.

While results like this can happen from time-to-time, the manner of the defeat was fairly embarrassing, with the Red Devils playing some fairly dreadful football throughout.

Now, Jose Mourinho has admitted that some of his players could have forced their way out of contention for next Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham:

“The way you play is the only way I can select players,” said Mourinho.

The Portuguese manager said “some of the guys” that played against West Brom “don’t have a place” in the team for the semi-final at Wembley.

He added the match against Bournemouth match at Vitality Stadium was “an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs”.

When asked to clarify if he meant those who performed badly against the Baggies will now not face Spurs, Mourinho said: “Yeah.

“What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team?

“I only know one criteria: is the way you play.

“Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their beautiful face? The only way is to go with performance.”

Ander Herrera could be one of those players to face the chop after he was hooked a half time in the defeat to the Baggies, while Paul Pogba was also replaced after he was booked for a ‘hand of god’ attempt at the weekend.

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