Jose Mourinho walks off after his team's defeat to West Brom handed the Premier League title to Man City Photo: AFP/File

Mourinho slams United as they hand title to City

By Chris Brereton

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 congratulate them face to face when I had the chance," Mourinho said.

"I knew that sooner or later they would be (champions) and if I was 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 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 that was 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 talent such as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

Mourinho pulled no punches about his squad's lack of consistency, but the former Chelsea boss made it clear he believes 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 trust," 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 the day by day. Everything must be consistent until the last day. One of the things we have to improve is our consistency."

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

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.

The second half was not much better but Foster did wonderfully well after 66 minutes to tip a Lukaku effort around the post before the visitors resistance was then unexpectedly rewarded with 17 minutes remaining.

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.

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

Although the West Brom board are believed to want somebody with more experience, Moore certainly did his chances of becoming the next full-time boss no harm, even if avoiding relegation looks a lost cause.

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

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City the best side in the league by a mile this season. No arguments.

Looks like a very dull end to the Premier League. Title wrapped up, top 4 sorted bar something crazy and it now looks like the bottom 3 are in place.

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Man City are having a great season with one of the world's greatest managers, Pep Guardiola who "pays" to win rather than "plays" to win and they've had it in the bag already for some months. Undefeated until Liverpool in January and then more recently three defeats in brown again Liverpool in the Champions League and Man U. Pep will spend big again in the summer.

Man U had a difficult season with surprise defeats but are still there. The top place is decided and so are the bottoms but the remain top three are still a way to go. The teams are known but the order not.

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Looks like a very dull end to the Premier League. Title wrapped up, top 4 sorted bar something crazy and it now looks like the bottom 3 are in place.

Europa Vase spot up for grabs Jim. The way we're playing Burnley have got to fancy 6th spot from Arsenal. In 2018 Arsenal have a worse away record than Sunderland who are just about to be relegated.

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Yet another pitiful display from the red mercenaries of the Goldman Sachs Chevvy Soccerdevils. Even the Glazers must have realised by now that Mourinho is past it. Lucky for City that they have the best manager in the world and a board that actually know what they're doing. Blue moon, indeed!

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In 2018 Arsenal have a worse away record than Sunderland who are just about to be relegated.

That is pretty shocking and Sunderland crashing straight through the next floor is a bit sad to see.

The Championship still looks entertaining with quite a few sides still playing for one of the automatic promotion spots or a play-off spot.

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I would recommend the Championship over the Premier League in terms of a full season of excitement, no domination by the same teams, and promotion meaning much more than a champions league place. Sunderland is sad to see - they are Arsenal fans 2nd team.

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