Jose Mourinho has revealed he is ready to axe his high-profile Manchester United flops.
United confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions with their shock 1-0 defeat at home to bottom club West Brom on Sunday.
Mourinho tore into his under-performing stars and warned the likes of Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata risk being dropped for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.
United travel to Bournemouth tomorrow, with Mourinho claiming those who impress there can play their way into the starting line-up against Spurs – at the expense of those who fell flat against West Brom.
“Rotating is not the right word,” said Mourinho. “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final.
“So it’s 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’s an opportunity for people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs and if some of the guys that played against West Brom don’t have a place in that team, they don’t have a place in that team.”
Mourinho insisted he will pick players on merit, not because of their profile, price tag or salary, in a stark warning to those stars who fail to deliver.
“What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team?” said Mourinho. “I only know one criteria, which is the way they play. That’s 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? The only way is to go with performance.
“Consistency has nothing to do with age, it has to do with personality, it has to do with the way you live for football, what is your priority in your life, what is your ambitions.
”I met players at 30, not consistent at all, and I found boys of 18, 19 and 20, real men, real pros, so it’s not about the age.”
Pogba continues to frustrate Mourinho, who hauled off United’s record £89million signing after just 58 minutes following another below-par display from the midfielder.
“It was not just him,” said Mourinho. “He also had a yellow card, so he was in a more difficult position than others.
“Playing with only two midfield players, you cannot play with one player in risk of not being able to make a foul.”
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