Pogba & Sanchez places under threat for semi-final as Mourinho promises changes

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Mourinho sends stern message to United stars after City's Premier League win
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17 April, 2018

The limp performance gift-wrapped the Premier League title for arch rivals Manchester City and left United boss Mourinho seething.

United will look to recoup the world record £89m they paid Juventus to sign the player two years ago, and it is unclear if the United board will agree with the decision to part ways with Pogba. I only know one criteria. However, both underperformed against West Brom, with Pogba being hauled off after 57 minutes. Some of the guys that played today, they don't have a place in that team.

There were few positive performers for United against the Baggies but much of the post-match scrutiny was once again on Paul Pogba.

There are claims that Mourinho will wield the axe with United bidding to salvage some silverware from the season when they face Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley on Saturday with reports that Pogba and Alexis Sanchez could be benched for the tie.

During the week too, Mourinho called his players professionalism in question, accusing them of not giving it their all against West Brom.

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Mourinho, however, was in a more conciliatory mood towards City, despite having a dig at manager Pep Guardiola in his pre-match programme notes after he wrote that his team had "behaved in a classy way" following their come-from-behind win. This 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 attractive face? "The only way is to go with performance". "It was not just him [who was poor]", he said. Pogba was hooked before the hour, although he had not had a awful game and Mourinho explained it was due to being on a yellow card, suggesting he is keen the Frenchman is available for the weekend.

One example of the kind of player Mourinho is alluding to is Scott McTominay, 21, who has grasped his chances in central midfield over the latter half of this season and is now frequently in Mourinho's squads.

"You can do it if your team is not losing the ball, but our team was losing the ball so easy with the complication, everything was complicated, so we were losing lots of balls".

Asked to clarify if he meant those who performed badly against West Brom would not play against Tottenham, Mourinho said: "Yeah".


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