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.