José Mourinho says Manchester United semi-final places are up for grabs

Hope Soto
April 17, 2018

Meanwhile, espite seeing Manchester City emerge champions of the 2017/18 Premier League season, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that he won't do "anything crazy" in the transfer market this summer in an attempt to catch their cross-town rivals.

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. They next visit Bournemouth on Wednesday before facing Spurs at Wembley.

"Rotating is not the right word", he was quoted as saying by The Independent. "I knew that sooner or later that would be and if I was in that position I would be very upset if someone said they won the title because Manchester United lost", Mourinho said.

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Herrera was replaced at half-time on Sunday and Ashley Young was taken off in the 75th minute, while Paul Pogba was withdrawn in the 58th minute. This is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team.

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. A win would see them clear of third-place Liverpool by four points with only four games left to play.

'The commitment, the desire, and I asked if Pogba can do that all the time, the way he played against City. That is the only way I can select players.

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'Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their lovely face?

"Do you want me to go for the price they cost, their salary, their handsome face? He had a yellow card so he was in a more hard position than others", explained the boss. "The only way to go is with the performance".

Mourinho's side have spent hundreds of millions on new players since his arrival-£89 million Paul Pogba and £75 million Romelu Lukaku among them-but neither could prevent a sorry home defeat to the Baggies on Sunday.

"So, Paul was out because of the yellow card".

Instead, Mourinho accused his players of being "masters in complicated football", trying too many tricks and flicks and taking one too many touches against supposedly inferior opposition, who won via Jay Rodriguez's second-half header from a corner despite United dominating possession.

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