Mour­inho gra­cious in de­feat

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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.

In or­der to pre­vent City from be­ing crowned cham­pi­ons for a few more days, United had to avoid de­feat against bot­tom club Al­bion at Old Traf­ford.

But Jay Ro­driguez’s 73rd-minute header gave West Brom a stun­ning vic­tory af­ter they ar­rived at Old Traf­ford hav­ing lost nine of their pre­vi­ous 10 games.

It is ironic that United came back from 2-0 down against City them­selves last week­end to win 3-2 and de­lay City’s party, only to sur­ren­der so tamely on home soil.

Mour­inho claimed af­ter­wards that he had not been happy af­ter the City re­sult be­cause he knew they would win the league re­gard­less and he ac­cused some of his play­ers of get­ting car­ried away.

“I don’t know if I was the first or sec­ond or third but I con­grat­u­lated them (Man City) face to face when I had the chance,” Mour­inho said.

“I knew that sooner or later they would be cham­pi­ons and if I were in their po­si­tion, I would be very up­set if some­one said they won the ti­tle be­cause Manchester United lost against West Brom.

“They won be­cause they were the best team, they lost only a few points. Prob­a­bly be­cause I have won eight cham­pi­onships, I was not in the moon with the vic­tory against them. That doesn’t make me feel su­per happy and in my opin­ion af­fected for sure some of the peo­ple who were too happy.”

United’s af­ter­noon was symp­to­matic of their en­tire sea­son.

Their squad is crammed full of won­der­fully po­tent per­form­ers such as Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, yet the Pre­mier League ta­ble, which shows them 16 points be­hind City, does not lie.

United have scored a full 30 goals fewer than City this sea­son and Mour­inho has not man­aged to get his side to click, de­spite be­ing able to bring on fur­ther tal­ents such as Mar­cus Rash­ford, Jesse Lin­gard and An­thony Mar­tial.

He pulled no punches about his squad’s lack of con­sis­tency but the former Chelsea boss made it clear he be­lieved he can re­turn United to the sum­mit of English foot­ball.

“I trust in my work, that is for sure, I have no rea­son not to,” he said.

“Eight ti­tles are eight ti­tles and three Pre­mier Leagues are three Pre­mier Leagues.

“I know how to win and I be­lieve in my­self. I think with my ex­pe­ri­ence, you don’t win ti­tles with in­con­sis­tency.

“You win ti­tles with con­sis­tency at ev­ery level, not just the per­for­mance level but the men­tal level and day by day.”

Af­ter sack­ing Alan Pardew at the start of the month, Dar­ren Moore has been handed the West Brom coach­ing job un­til the end of the sea­son.

“West Brom is a club I care about a lot. I want to bring a fam­ily at­mos­phere to the club. Ev­ery­body is equal at the foot­ball club and we’re all in it to­gether,” he said. – AFP

ALL REVVED UP: Pep Guardi­ola winning the ti­tle with five matches to go makes his Manchester City the joint ear­li­est cham­pi­ons in the Pre­mier League era – match­ing the achieve­ment of the 2000-01 Man U side.

PIC­TURE: GETTY IM­AGES

CAN’T LOOK: Jose Mour­inho blames Man U play­ers for the loss.

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