The manner in which Manchester United capitulated, on Sunday, in losing to West Bromwich Albion, at Old Trafford, could have ramifications when it comes to the next fixture.
Losing, at home, is always bad enough but when that defeat hands the Premier League title to your rivals, Manchester City, it hurts even more.
After coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2, at the Etihad Stadium, against Manchester City, the previous weekend, hopes were high that United could keep City’s title celebrations on hold a little longer, but it wasn’t to be.
It would appear that Jose Mourinho shares our angst relating to the West Bromwich Albion defeat, with the gaffer implying that there could be several changes to the starting eleven that will emerge from the tunnel, at the Vitality Stadium, when United take on Bournemouth this Wednesday evening.
Talking to the media, Jose is quoted as having remarked about his possible team selection,
“The way you play is the only way I can select players.
“What is the criteria for a manager to choose a team?
“I only know one criteria: is the way you play.
“Or 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.”
Mourinho’s changes for this fixture could give unexpected opportunities for some of the fringe players to impress enough to earn a place in the FA Cup semi-final, against Tottenham Hotspur, this weekend.
It’ll be interesting to see who Mourinho drops and who he gives a chance to for this forthcoming fixture.