Man Utd news: Mourinho content to wield the axe for Spurs showdown

1 year ago

In the latest Manchester United news, manager Jose Mourinho says he will have no issue dropping big names for the FA Cup semi-final showdown with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Following the highs of winning the Manchester derby against City, after finding themselves 2-0 down at the break, United were surprisingly beaten by bottom of the table West Brom in their last outing.

A Jay Rodriguez goal was the difference between the two teams at Old Trafford on Sunday, as the Baggies gave themselves a glimmer of hope survival in the Premier League, while the result also handed Manchester City the title.

With a Premier League encounter on Wednesday against Bournemouth next up for United, the Red Devils will have a quick turnaround before their showdown with Spurs.

Mourinho has pulled no punches when it comes to selection and says that if players impress against the Cherries, they will be strongly considered for the cup semi-final.

“Rotating is not the right word,” Mourinho said of his approach at the Vitality. “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final.

“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 semi-final.

“So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for people, 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), they don’t have a place in that team.”

Bournemouth are 4/1 with Betfair to win at the Vitality Stadium against the Red Devils.