Jose Mourinho has claimed that he will drop some Manchester United players for the FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday at Wembley Stadium.

The Portuguese boss, whose side will play Bournemouth on Wednesday night in the Premier League, admits he will drop players who featured in United’s 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

“If I play someone against Bournemouth and he is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final,” Sky Sports News quotes Mourinho as saying.

“The word is not rotation. This is an opportunity for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team. Some of the guys who played [against West Brom], they don’t have a place in that team.”

“I only know one criteria [for choosing the team]. It is the way you play. This is the only way I can select players.”

“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.”

United have lastly won the FA Cup in the 2015-16 season under former manager Louis van Gaal, who was sacked before Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford.