Manchester United stars face axe as Mourinho fumes

Paul Pogba's Manchester derby salvo has filled Michael Carrick with optimism ahead of his retirement from professional football

Manchester City were confirmed champions on Sunday with five games to spare after Manchester United lost 1-0 at home to West Brom.

However, the Frenchman has failed to deliver on his hype and bar his display in the 3-2 win over Manchester City 10 days ago where he helped himself to a double, he has largely underwhelmed.

"But it is not about us and them, it is about us and them and Liverpool and Arsenal and Chelsea and Spurs".

"Rotating is not the right word".

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Mourinho claimed he could tell in training his players had taken their eye off the ball after the City game, saying: 'I know them, I smell, I've lots of experience and that's not me because I won eight titles and I'm not on the moon because I won against City.

"So is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player that plays against Bournemouth is to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final".

"So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs".

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. That is the only way I can select players.

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Manchester Evening News is reporting that Mourinho wants to see his team go a goal down just to see how they respond.

One example of the kind of player Mourinho is alluding to is Scott McTominay, 21, who has grasped his chances in central midfield over the latter half of this season and is now frequently in Mourinho's squads.

Mar 30: On Pogba's poor form, Mourinho said: 'Ask him what he thinks about it. "The only way is to go with performance". You can do it if your team is not losing the ball, but our team was losing the ball so easily with the complication [of our football].

Paul Pogba struggled to reproduce his match-winning performance against Manchester City and was taken off in the 58th minute against West Brom, but Mourinho insists the decision was a effect of the France worldwide receiving a yellow card.

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Mourinho made his remarks after yet another hard afternoon for Paul Pogba, United's record signing.

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