Mourinho set to drop players for FA Cup semifinal

Manchester United fans

Manchester United fans

Now Mourinho will take action when he selects his team for Wednesday's Premier League trip to Bournemouth and Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley.

"I've given them a bollocking, and quite rightly", said Ferguson.

"The commitment, the desire, and I asked if Pogba can do that all the time, the way he played against City".

United handed the Premier League title to rivals Manchester City on Sunday by suffering a shock home defeat to the top-flight's bottom club West Brom.

Despite United's 1-0 defeat, Mourinho has insisted it had nothing to do with City becoming champions much to the amusement of many.

Mourinho is going to punish some of the first teamers who didn't perform versus the Baggies by dropping them at the Vitality Stadium in mid week.

Danny Higginbotham has revealed his frustrations with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, and admits the Frenchman is replaceable amid the doubt over his Old Trafford future.

Mourinho then hit back at the players again, criticising their mentality: "During the week I was trying to fight that because I was feeling and you could see the difference in attitudes of some players compared with other weeks". Maybe also City will invest massively and they don't let the others close the gap to them, I don't know", the three-time Premier League victor further added. "But it is not about us and them, it is about us and them and Liverpool and Arsenal and Chelsea and Spurs.

Pogba was hauled off in the second half against West Brom, while his form has been sketchy since the turn of the year amid rumours of run-ins with Mourinho. Sir Alex Ferguson preferred to keep his criticism within the dressing room walls, but even United's most successful manager went public when he believed that the circumstances demanded a harder approach.

"So one of the things we have to improve is consistency".

United have scored a full 30 goals fewer than City this season and Mourinho has not managed to get his side to click, despite being able to bring on further talent such as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

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

"Paul's game was complicated, like many others".

NAIJ.com previously reported that Premier League giants, Manchester United are prepared to offer Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic more money than what he earns at Barcelona.

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