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Mourinho hits out at players who were 'affected' by City win

16 April 2018, 01:35 | Charlene Valdez

Manchester United's was an anti-climax of a performance against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Nigel Roddis EPA

Manchester United's was an anti-climax of a performance against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Nigel Roddis  EPA

Manchester City won their fifth Premier League title on Sunday as West Bromwich Albion (WBA) beat their nearest rivals Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.

The loss, coupled with City's victory over Spurs on Saturday, gave Pep Guardiola's team an insurmountable 16-point lead with five matches to play as Manchester City clinched their third Premier League title in seven years.

Said Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to the media after the match.

You would have thought about turning up against West Brom, blowing them away and going into next season in a positive mindset.

'We were deservedly punished, ' Mourinho said.

"I don't think we deserved to lose but we gave them the opportunity to win the match by being solid in defence and smelling a chance in a set-play which they did", the Portuguese tactician added.


The Catalan has now won three titles in three different countries after three La Liga triumphs in Spain with Barcelona and three Bundesliga crowns with Bayern Munich and admitted it was one of his best achievements.

It was already pretty much nailed-on that Manchester City would lift the trophy, but José Mourinho's side was still mathematically in it - until they lost at home to the worst team in the league, that is. "Eight titles are eight titles and three Premier Leagues are three Premier Leagues", he said.

"But my teammates might roll their eyes when I say this". The last Premier League was not 20 years ago, it was three.

"We will keep focusing on two goals from here to the end of the season: keeping the second place and trying to get to the FA Cup final and to win the title. One thing we have to improve is consistency".

When his first touch wasn't heavy, he found Ben Foster an impenetrable barrier as the West Brom goalkeeper produced impressive saves from Lukaku in each half. The England midfielder's effort lacked venom, though, and was parried to safety by David de Gea. But I expect you to be consistent in a certain level.

United midfielder Nemanja Matic had headed a corner across his own goal area and Rodriguez reacted quickly to nod home the victor. It means we can now focus exclusively on the breathtaking football, the power and vision of Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling's development, Leroy Sane's unstoppable surges down the left, Kyle Walker's dominance of the right flank and Guardiola's determination to win his way. I suppose my team-mates will roll their eyes a little bit but I kind of want to see what the reaction is now.



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