Alexis Sanchez dropped from Manchester United starting XI against Bournemouth

Jose Mourinho must decide how to handle Paul Pogba and the rest of his lineup against Bournemouth, while keeping an eye towards the FA Cup semifinals.

Jose Mourinho has backed up his threat to drop some of his Manchester United stars by making wholesale changes for the Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

The United manager has made seven changes to the team that was on the end of a dismal 1-0 defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Goalkeeper David De Gea, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are the only ones to keep their places. De Gea has been named captain for the match.

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez runs, during the FA Cup, fourth round soccer match between Yeovil Town and Manchester United at Huish Park, in Yeovil, England, Friday Jan. 26, 2018.
Alexis Sanchez is out of the starting XI for a Premier League game for the first time since joining in January.

Full-back Matteo Darmian has been recalled for his first Premier League start since October, while Phil Jones is back after missing more than two months through injury.

Luke Shaw, Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford also return to the team.

Alexis Sanchez misses out on a place in the starting XI for a Premier League game for the first time since his January move from Arsenal. The Chilean is on the bench alongside Romelu Lukaku.

Mourinho explained after the defeat to West Brom he would give other players an opportunity to impress against Bournemouth and potentially earn a place in the team for the FA Cup semifinal with Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.

Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.