Jose Mourinho warns Man United stars ahead of Tottenham clash

Jose Mourinho warns his Man United players that they are all fighting for a place in his starting line-up at Old Trafford

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Jose Mourinho
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: UEFA / Handout

Jose Mourinho has warned his entire Manchester United squad that all of his players are playing for their place in his team ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham.

The Red Devils slumped to a shock 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday as their defeat handed the Premier League title to bitter local rivals Manchester City.

Mourinho’s men are now playing for a second-placed finish and the FA Cup this season as they look to end what has been a stuttering second campaign under the Portuguese coach.

Manchester United will return to FA Cup action on Saturday when they take on Tottenham Hotspur in their semi-final clash at Wembley.

And Mourinho has insisted that all of his players must prove themselves as worthy of a place in the starting line-up against Spurs this weekend.

Speaking at his post-match news conference on Sunday, Mourinho said: “What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team?

“I only know one criteria: is the way you play. 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.”

Manchester United won the Europa League and League Cup in Mourinho’s first campaign in charge last term.

The Red Devils have been in much improved form in the Premier League this time around but they are still some way behind champions Manchester City.

Mourinho will be expected to significantly bolster his squad in the summer transfer window as he looks to build a team capable of winning the title next term.

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