Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez will start for Manchester United against Tottenham after boss Jose Mourinho elected not to follow through on his threat of dropping star names for the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Pochettino says he will not have truly changed the "nearly" culture around the club until he wins the Champions League or Premier League, let alone the FA Cup; but Spurs need to learn to walk before they can run, and that expression perhaps suggested the Argentine knew that. United's FA Cup victory in 1990 laid the foundation for two decades of sustained success under Alex Ferguson while City's FA Cup win in 2011 ended a 35-year trophy drought and paved the way for the Premier League title the following year. "This club is all about titles and finals".
Both teams were in midweek Premier League action and made changes.
Manager Jose Mourinho insisted that Manchester United's season will not feel like a failure even if they do not lift the FA Cup.
The Chilean is an invaluable asset, which he highlighted with his outstanding second-half display in the 3-2 comeback vs Manchester City. Meanwhile, the antics of Pogba and Herrera against Bournemouth are bound to redeem their awful showing against West Brom, and as of such, ought to be worthy for a start, if for nothing else then to keep up the 4-3-3 shape. They've beaten Derby County, Yeovil Town, Huddersfield and Brighton by a combined 10-0. "We are getting used to being in finals, which is very good".
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The win at Dean Court has moved the Red Devils four points clear of third-placed Liverpool, leaving Mourinho's charges in the driving seat for a top-two finish.
Mourinho, who is seeking a fourth FA Cup triumph after three with Chelsea, said on Friday: "I don't think it's an advantage at all". With players like Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, and others being constantly linked with other clubs winning the FA Cup must be a priority. "It's easy to talk about winning trophies".
"I think every defeat is bad".
Many question Mourinho's relevance in modern football but the self-proclaimed Special One is still the best at capitalising on his opponent's weaknesses and he will have identified Kieran Trippier as a weak spot.
Mourinho admitted earlier yesterday he doesn't believe Tottenham's home advantage will mean anything in the semi-final.
See below for a preview on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365's Steve Freeth.