Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Mourinho slams United as they hand title to City

Mourinho slams United as they hand title to City

Manchester United can not step off the gas following last weekend's derby win over Premier League leaders Manchester City and must ensure they get the points required to secure second place, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday (Apr 13).

After their limp Champions League exit against Liverpool, a City collapse against Tottenham would have had the critics carping that Guardiola has no Plan B when things go wrong. They have equalled the efforts of Manchester United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85) who all won the top-flight title with five games to spare.

"In my experience you don't win titles with inconsistency, you win titles, of course with quality, without quality you have no chance, but you have to win titles with consistency at every level not just the performance level".

Guardiola might not have seen Jay Rodriguez's 73rd-minute winning goal at Old Trafford because he was due to be playing golf with his son instead of watching the match. "I know how to win, I believe in myself but I don't play", added the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager.

"The Premier League is so, so tough", Guardiola said.

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.

United was too narrow and predictable, with wide players Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata constantly cutting inside and leaving the midfield congested. Subs: Jesse Lingard (for Herrera, 45) 5, Anthony Martial (for Pogba, 58) 5, Marcus Rashford (for Young, 75) 5.

"Everything must be consistent until the last day".

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

The hosts should have had a penalty and Romelu Lukaku's header required a brilliant save from Ben Foster, but they hardly stretched West Brom's back four.

West Brom is still nine points from safety and looks destined for relegation.

On the evidence of Moore's first two games as caretaker boss, West Brom fans may wish he had taken over from Pardew at an earlier stage of the season, before relegation became nearly inevitable.

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. "I want to bring a family atmosphere to the club".

"We were masters in complication".

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