16/04/2018 22:30, Report by Stuart Mathieson
Jose Mourinho has told his Manchester United players that Wembley places are up for grabs in Wednesday’s match at Bournemouth.
The re-arranged Premier League fixture on the south coast comes just three days before the Reds’ Emirates FA Cup semi-final showdown with Tottenham Hotspur at the national stadium.
But the United boss insists that players won’t be saved for the weekend when he selects his team at the Vitality Stadium, and says players can win a place in his Wembley line-up if they impress against the Cherries.
When asked after Sunday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion if he would be rotating his side in preparation for the Spurs clash, Mourinho said: “Rotating is not the right word.
“If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he will play in the semi-final, so it 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 some people to play and to try to get a place in the team against Spurs and some of the guys that played today [against West Brom] don’t have a place in that team.
“What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team? I only know one criteria, the way they play. It is the only way I can select players, or do…