Date: 17th April 2018 at 7:23am
Written by:

Jose Mourinho plans to use his side’s next game against Bournemouth as an open auction for place in his FA cup semi final team against Spurs next weekend.

The Special One was quoted in The Sun as saying: “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final. It is not rotating because rotating looks like a player who plays against Bournemouth is giving a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final.”

United suffered an embarrassing shock defeat to West Brom at the weekend losing by a goal to nil, at Old Trafford.

Arguably, this semi final will be one of the most interesting games of the season for both sides.

Manchester United can now only win the FA cup. Champions League qualification for them is not a moment for celebration, rather relief. Sides that have an established track record in the world’s most elite club competition know that failure to qualify incurs sever penalty clauses in ongoing sponsorship deals.

There is in fact, little between the two clubs this season.

We beat them at Wembley and we lost away.

At time of blogging there are just 4 points separating us.

As cliched as it may be, this cup game will – -to a significant degree – come down to who wants it more.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?
  • Urbane Sturgeon April 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Unfortunately, manure getting beaten by drop fodder will do for them what losing a couple of games did for shitty prior to them dumping on us; I suspect we’ll be meeting a man u with bite. I think we may well get bitten. Any of that 1st half v shitty nonsense and we’re toast.

  • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    “We are working with Steve,” said Pochettino. “The World Cup only can confirm your idea about a player. It is so dangerous to go and scout players in the World Cup…”

    And when did Poch come to this conclusion after spunking 30 million quid and 95k per week on Sissoko? Is he telling us he wanted him based on his god awful performances for Newcastle in their relegation season?

  • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Caspurs♿️
    Could it be because you’re a forest dweller?

    It depends if the squirrels are playing on the antennae mast again…

  • Camus April 17, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Can’t think about the weekend yet.
    We need to do our job tonight.
    Come on, lads.
    Focus, and be up for it right from kick-off!

  • SpurAndy 🍒π April 17, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Brady still can’t get her foot out of her mouth. 😂

    https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/west-ham-fans-hit-out-12375181

    • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      She really is a weirdo

    • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      That link now says ‘content corrupted’. You’re telling me!😂

  • Sexy Beast April 17, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Just been told by a Chelscum fan they cannot sell their allocation, he has been offered 8 tickets this week, turning into Arsenal? 😂

    • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 10:54 am

      Wow, a URL!!!!

      • DAVID April 17, 2018 at 11:21 am

        RAZURL rides again!

        • Caspurs♿️ April 17, 2018 at 11:27 am

          On his one trick pony?

        • Harry Hotspur April 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm

          He’s been hacked. He;s not posted any pictures of the Queen or demanded the return of National Service in the last 24 hrs

  • Mad Carew April 17, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Spurs slice of the Champions League pot this Season is £51.9m add gate receipts on top and it’s been a very useful exercise.

  • a waddle and a fork April 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

    We have done well in holding on to players but there will be a shift. To accept that we wont pay Alderwereld what he wants when he has been instrumental in making us a team with a great defence (I MEAN IMAGINE US WITH A GREAT SOLID DEFENCE) Toby was the rock in our two close challenges for the league. Disgrace and shame on LEVY and Enic. Dembele is being seen as too old to give a proper contract to so he is going and he is regarded by players at the club as the best player at the club. Who else? I mean we have bought dogshit like Llorente and god knows who else and we sell the best. Plus we are going to move into this corporate hell hole. Fuck it.

    • Accy April 17, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Rose, Toby, Dembele and probably Vorm and Lamela in all likelihood.

      That’s 5.

      Add to that Nkoudou, Janssen, Sissoko, Llorente.

      That’s 9.

      And then you have Onomah, CCV, and it’s possible that Aurier won’t make it to next season…

      That’s potentially 11 players out.

      • Accy April 17, 2018 at 10:09 am

        I reckon we could get close to £300m for that little lot.

        • a waddle and a fork April 17, 2018 at 10:12 am

          what we gonna spend tho? And on who? What a joke

          • Accy April 17, 2018 at 10:17 am

            Given the links I’d say

            Sessegnon £50m
            Cristante £30m? (typical spurs purchase – not quite good enough)
            Gomes £35m? (typical spurs purchase – not quite good enough)
            CB £30-£50m (possibly De Ligt but lots of competition)
            Zaha £50m (Back-up for Kane and can play AM)

            And then I would look at

            Butland £20m (Home-grown keeper)
            RB Ricardo Pereira £35m (A wing back who can cross)
            LB Masuaku £25m (A wing back who can cross)

            And possibly Malcom £50m or Maddison £30m as a backup to Eriksen

          • Ronan April 17, 2018 at 10:23 am

            Like you said, Spurs (of all teams!) had the tightest defence in the league two years running, and were able to mount serious title challenges as a consequence.

            Good stuff. So how do we push on to actually claim the title?

            How about by selling two key figures in our back 4 and start rebuilding again with some prospects ..

            • DAVID April 17, 2018 at 10:42 am

              It is frustrating, Walker it seems was determined to leave,Rose has regressed badly, Toby should be playing based on Sanchez performance last weekend.
              He’s still our player and we should be making use of him.

  • Mad Carew April 17, 2018 at 9:44 am

    We’ll likely keep Lloris this Summer but after impressing in the World Cup a few of our Stars will move to more generous pastures, a feeder Club we are and i can’t see anything changing, Levy will feel the need for speed in recouping large chunks of the £850m Stadium outlay, enjoy Saturday because for certain that is as good as it gets.

    • King Leer April 17, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Unless we win that game and then the final. That would trump Saturday being as good as it gets.

      • SpurAndy 🍒π April 17, 2018 at 10:11 am

        I reckon we’ll win on Saturday then lose to Southampton in the final.

        • Caspurs♿️ April 17, 2018 at 10:15 am

          Phew, that’s better, your recent confidence was a becoming a tad unnerving..😱

          • SpurAndy 🍒π April 17, 2018 at 10:27 am

            After reading Wads comments above I’m hearing good up for relegation next season! 😱

            • SpurAndy 🍒π April 17, 2018 at 10:28 am

              hearing = gearing

            • SpurAndy 🍒π April 17, 2018 at 10:29 am

              good? Even my posting has gone to shite (nothing new there).

              • DAVID April 17, 2018 at 10:51 am

                Gone ?

                • SpurAndy 🍒π April 17, 2018 at 10:57 am

                  I’m blaming Brexit.

  • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Low attendances at the Emptycrates? Not surprising as the remaining league games are of zero consequence with them in sixth place and going nowhere. But as I understand it, the empty seats have been paid for as they are season ticket areas.

    The Arse board will only be concerned if the uptake for ST next year leaves some unsold.

  • 💋 April 17, 2018 at 8:57 am

    gloster1861
    I was the only poster on the previous early morning blog!

    Er, you weren’t even the first, let alone the only.

    • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 9:11 am

      So nice that you care.

      I’ll come quietly officer…

      (On my tablet no other posts were showing for some reason).

      • Caspurs♿️ April 17, 2018 at 9:31 am

        Could it be because you’re a forest dweller?

  • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Saturday can wait. I want to see Toby playing tonight and three points collected. Major step to ensuring top four and it might finish off Cheatski.

  • Andrew April 17, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Don’t listen to moaninio . He is playing mind games, his players will be ready for the semi final. Hope poch and the players are really focused otherwise it could be seven semis in a row of bottling it. Manure need to win after citeh just won the prem.
    We need to win for our own self belief.

  • DAVID April 17, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Jose looking increasingly like a man seeking the exit door.
    Hopefully Saturdays cup match result will nudge him in the right direction .

    • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 8:39 am

      I don’t know. Do we want a better manager at ManUre?

  • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 7:40 am

    I was the only poster on the previous early morning blog!

  • Dave April 17, 2018 at 7:39 am

    we have their number, COYS!!!

  • Bruxie April 17, 2018 at 7:29 am

    1

    • gloster1861 April 17, 2018 at 7:40 am

      Singular sensation.