Jose Mourinho warns: I pick on form, not price tag

Eric Bailly Manchester United

Jose Mourinho warns: I pick on form, not price tag

Maybe also City will invest massively and they don't let the others close the gap to them, I don't know.

"If I play someone against Bournemouth and he is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final", Mourinho said.

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. Your top players then want to get involved so they go and drop deeper to make things happen.

"Some of the guys that played (against West Brom), they don't have a place in that team".

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's Premier League clash with Tottenham, Mourinho was questioned over whether he'd rotate his players for the clash.

Far from feeling embarrassed at paying £89million for a midfielder who left for next to nothing, the United hierarchy saw Pogba's fee as a symbol of the club's spending power and ability to beat Real Madrid to the most expensive player on the planet.

Far from being a gift to Mourinho, Pogba has become a distraction; an expensive square peg in a round hole who doesn't meet his manager's demands to play with discipline in the best interests of the team.

"With only two midfield players, you can not play with one at risk of not being able to make a foul". Instead, he witnessed another infuriatingly flaky performance against West Brom and took Pogba off in the 58th minute, saying he had been one of the "masters in complication", trying to be too elaborate. "It is the only way I can select players", Mourinho continued.

The defeat to West Brom was an especially hard pill to swallow considering it was the loss that gave City the title, and even more so when considering United beat their biggest rivals 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium only days prior. "The only way to go is with the performance".

Not one United player could lay claim to having put in a good performance at Old Trafford, with Pogba and Sanchez both disappointing in particular once again - and now Mourinho could be set to hand some fringe stars a chance against Spurs at their expense - the Telegraph claims.

The France midfielder was a shadow of the imposing, match-winning presence seen in the second half against City. "He had a yellow card so he was in a more hard position than others".

According to English publication the Daily Mail, the Portuguese tactician has plans to bring in two midfielders in the next transfer window, one being Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. By losing lots of balls with turnings, flicks and tricks, the midfield players and central defenders are at risk: one late challenge, and they are out.

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