JOSE MOURINHO is threatening to axe Paul Pogba and some of his other Manchester United stars for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.
Asked if he would rotate his squad he said: “Rotating is not the right word. If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays in the semi-final.So it is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player that plays against Bournemouth is in order to give a rest to somebody who is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final.
“It is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs. Some of the guys that played against West Brom don’t have a place in that team [for the Bournemouth game].“What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team? I only know one criteria – it is the way they play. That is the only way I can select players. Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their beautiful face or… The only way is to go with performance.”
“The midfield players and central defenders are at risk of one touch, one late challenge and they are out, so Paul was out [substituted] because of the yellow card, because of in terms of the way he played he was not worse than some of the others who were on the pitch for 90 minutes.”