‘There’ll be changes’

Man United coach vows to drop some of the stars who lost to bot­tom team West Brom

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JOSÉ Mour­inho has vowed to drop sev­eral of Manch­ester United’s stars as he fumes over their lack­lus­tre loss to West Bromwich Al­bion in the English Pre­mier League, which con­firmed Manch­ester City as cham­pi­ons.

United crashed to a shock 1-0 home de­feat against bot­tom-of-the-ta­ble Al­bion on Sun­day as Jay Ro­driguez sealed the vis­i­tors’ first Pre­mier League win in three months.

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

He ac­cused his play­ers of rest­ing on their lau­rels af­ter beat­ing City two weeks ago.

Now Mour­inho will take ac­tion when he se­lects his team for to­day’s Pre­mier League trip to Bournemouth and Satur­day’s FA Cup semi-fi­nal against Tot­ten­ham at Wem­b­ley.

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

“So 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.”

Asked to clar­ify if he meant that some of those who un­der-per­formed against West Brom would now not play against Tot­ten­ham, Mour­inho re­torted: “Yeah.

“What is the cri­te­ria for a man­ager to choose a team? I only know one cri­te­ria: the way you play 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 beau­ti­ful face? The only way is to go with per­for­mance.”

An­der Her­rera was re­placed at half time on Sun­day and Ash­ley Young was taken off in the 75th minute, while Paul Pogba was with­drawn in the 58th minute. The France mid­fielder was a shadow of the im­pos­ing, match-win­ning pres­ence seen in the sec­ond half against City.

“It was not just him,” Mour­inho said of Pogba’s per­for­mance.

“And he had a yel­low card, so he was in a more dif­fi­cult po­si­tion than oth­ers.

“And play­ing with only two mid­field play­ers, you can­not play with one player in risk of not be­ing able to make a foul.

“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.

“So, by los­ing lots of balls, with turn­ings and flicks and tricks, the mid­field play­ers and cen­tral de­fend­ers are at risk of one touch, one late chal­lenge and they are out.” — AFP.

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Bournemouth v Manch­ester United — 8.45 pm To­mor­row

Burn­ley v Chelsea — 8.45 pm

Le­ices­ter City v Southamp­ton — 8.45 pm

“What is the cri­te­ria for a man­ager to choose a team? I only know one cri­te­ria: the way you play 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 beau­ti­ful face? The only way is to go with per­for­mance.”

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