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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to drop players for FA Cup semi-final

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that some players who featured in his side’s 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion will be dropped for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham Hotspur.

The Portuguese coach also said that squad members who impress in the midweek meeting with Bournemouth could be given a chance at Wembley stadium, but denied that he is operating a rotation system.

“If I play someone against Bournemouth and he is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final,” Sky Sports News quotes Mourinho as saying.

“The word is not rotation. This is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team. Some of the guys who played [against West Brom], they don’t have a place in that team.

“I only know one criteria [for choosing the team]. It is the way you play. This is the only way I can select players.

“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.”

The FA Cup is United’s last chance to claim silverware this term, with the loss to West Brom having handed the Premier League title to Manchester City.

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