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The three Man Utd players Jose Mourinho is considering axing for FA Cup semi-final

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Considering Manchester United had just lost to rock bottom West Brom and conceded the title to Manchester City early, Jose Mourinho seemed relatively calm after the events of Sunday.

Despite winning the Manchester derby just a week before, Jay Rodriguez's poacher-like finish was enough to unravel a tepid United side at Old Trafford. Not only were their opponents effectively relegated before the match but they entered the game with just one league win since August.

After the defeat, Mourinho reflected: “I trust in my work. I have no reason not to – eight titles and three Premier Leagues and the last Premier League was not 20 years ago.

“With my experience you don’t win titles with inconsistency.

"You win, of course, with quality, but with consistency in every level, not just the performance level but also the mental level. One of the things we have to improve is consistency.”

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Critical, but reasonably calm from the occasionally explosive Portuguese.

Fast forward 24 hours, however, and it seems the gravity of Sunday's defeat has dawned on Mourinho who reeled off a scathing round of quotes on Monday.

The Red Devils lock horns with Bournemouth in mid-week before their FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham and, according to the Telegraph, three big names players are facing the axe.


Three big names to miss out

Mourinho clarified: "Some of the guys who played [against West Brom] don’t have a place in that team [against Spurs]. They don’t have a place in that team.”

Asked whether he would dropping players who didn't perform against West Brom, the Special One continued: “Yeah. What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team? I only know one criteria – it is the way they play.

"It is the only way I can ­select players. Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their beautiful face or … The only way is to go with performance.”

Fair to say Mourinho isn't happy and it's believed that Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera and - shock horror - Paul Pogba will be the ones to miss out at Wembley.

If that is the case, it would prove a massive roll of the dice from Mourinho with his two biggest name players potentially sitting on the bench for their last crack at silverware.

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There can be little doubting that Pogba has been inconsistent, Sanchez has started slowly and Herrera hasn't been the same player this season but it would still be very bold from the United boss.

If any manager would do it, though, it's probably Mourinho.

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