Manchester United's Mourinho reacts to Man City title

Kelvin Reese
April 16, 2018

Jose Mourinho applauded Manchester City's Premier League title success, but lambasted Manchester United after West Bromwich Albion's shock 1-0 win on Sunday.

He went on to stress that City were worthy champions.

Their dominance of the league, with 28 wins and just two defeats bear that out, but the circumstances in which they have been handed the title were surprising. That's Liverpooling more than Liverpool have ever Liverpooled this season. Their play was often too congested and laboured. They've been by far the best team in the league.

The first half was a bad advert for the English top-flight.

United's afternoon was symptomatic of their entire season.

United should have had a penalty for Craig Dawson's foul on Ander Herrera, but referee Paul Tierney's obstructed view cut short their protests. And that only made them even more narrow and predictable. On came Anthony Martial for his first appearance since the FA Cup win over Brighton four weeks ago but, again, nothing improved.

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Jake Livermore had one decent effort saved by David De Gea and Lukaku smashed an effort right into Ben Foster's face but that was about it. Instead, West Brom punished United at the other end for a third serious defensive lapse at a set-piece.

Nemanja Matic panicked at the delivery of a Chris Brunt corner and he knocked the ball back inside to Rodriguez, who could not miss from three yards out. By the time it happened, it was no surprise at all. I was unfortunate enough to play against that quality United side that dominated in the '90s, but this side would have beaten them - that's how good they are. It is truly the inconsistencies which have undermined their progress this season.

Pep Guardiola's men could have won the title last week but Mourinho's side stunned City at the Etihad in a thrilling 3-2 win.

As full-time approached, Old Trafford emptied very quickly indeed. "They won because they were the best team and lost only a few points".

"I saw lots of people on the moon because we won against City".

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