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José Mourinho threatens to axe stars for FA Cup semi-final

José Mourinho threatens to axe stars for FA Cup semi-final

I know how to win and I believe in myself.

Mourinho also lashed out at his men for taking the victory over arch-rivals in the derby in the head and called the team "masters of complication" while shedding light on the shock defeat to West Brom.

The Frenchman has been left on the bench or taken off in seven of his last 11 games.

Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard.

It is the way you play.

Manchester United players who performed poorly in their Premier League defeat by West Brom will be dropped for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham, says boss Jose Mourinho.

"Rotating is not the right word", the manager said. It's the way they play. It's the only way I can select players.

"I prefer to go a little bit further and say that after the Sevilla match, only a good group, with good people, could do what they did which is win every match after that. The only way is to go with performance". "If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final", said the Portuguese in a pre-match press conference.

"The word is not rotation".

"I think he gets frustrated at times because the build-up play from United is methodical, but only because teams are sitting back".

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Manchester United will allow four of their first-team squad to depart Old Trafford this summer including Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian.

David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed to come close to glory following their subsequent appointments before Manchester United turned to three-time Premier League victor Mourinho. "We are not going to do anything insane", Mourinho said.

Pogba missed the next game at Huddersfield with a mystery illness that did not stop him from training at Carrington the following day.

The second half was not much better but Foster did wonderfully well after 66 minutes to tip a Lukaku effort around the post before the visitors resistance was then unexpectedly rewarded with 17 minutes remaining. Mourinho said: 'I wanted a better way (in midfield) against a side that was defending in a block'.

And what of Pogba's future at United after it emerged on Monday that he is the biggest name on a list of players Mourinho is ready to offload in the summer?

But Mourinho has been less diplomatic in recent weeks after France coach Didier Deschamps confided Pogba could not be happy with his situation. This transpired a week after the Red Devils won at the home of the Premier League champions.

"It was not just him, and he had a yellow card, so he was in a more hard position than others", Mourinho said. His form is nothing to do with his injury'.

"We played a bad game this Sunday".

Jose Mourinho has slapped Paul Pogba onto his summer transfer list as their relationship appears to have deteriorated beyond all fix.