Mourinho set to drop big names after latest United stumble

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Following the 20-time English champions shock defeat at home, the Portuguese tactician revealed he trusts in his ability to lead sides to Premier League glory but maintained it can not be achieved without consistent efforts from the team. "They don't have a place in the team", Mourinho was quoted to have said by UK Telegraph. It was a reminder that this had never been a title race - just one long, glorious procession for City, playing football from what, on the other side of town, looks like another dimension.

Jay Rodriguez headed the only goal of a boring encounter at Old Trafford on Sunday, handing the bottom-placed Baggies a 1-0 victory that confirmed Premier League leaders City as champions.

'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?"

Mourinho has promised wholesale changes for their crucial FA Cup fixture following the feeble display against bottom-of-the-table West Brom.

"I believe in myself, but I don't play", said Mourinho.

Paul Pogba is one of those at risk of losing his place after being substituted before the hour against West Brom.

Mourinho was asked in his post-match press conference on Sunday if he felt he was getting enough consistency from his more experienced players.


"I don't know if I was the first or second or third but I congratulated them [City] face to face when I had chance to do it".

The same article says that Pep Guardiola is aware that several of Manchester City's midfielders are approaching the end of their careers - and he sees Thiago as the man to move to The Etihad.

'We didn't want or played simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn.

Pogba has found it hard to fit into Mourinho's plans, being played out of position and expected to perform the kind of defensive duties he had previously ignored at Juventus.

You can do it if your team is not losing the ball, but our team was losing the ball so everything was complicated.

"Normally, we are going to have more of the ball and, normally, it's when we need somebody from the back to add extra technical quality in the middle of the back [four]".

"And he had a yellow card, so he was in a more hard position than others. In terms of the way he played he was not worse than some of the others who were on the pitch for 90 minutes".

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