Mourinho blames derby win for West Brom loss

Premier League on Betfair: Man City confirmed as champions after Baggies shock United

Premier League on Betfair: Man City confirmed as champions after Baggies shock United

United's shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom at Old Trafford yesterday, handed Manchester City the title with five games to spare.

With that loss coming between two defeats to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals, City endured a rare indifferent spell but, after returning to form against Spurs at Wembley, celebrations were delayed by just one week.

He said, "As soon as the game started, something was weird - the atmosphere of the stadium, the team - it's so weird from what we saw from that team a week ago". In sealing the league at this stage, City matched the record for the earliest title win - held by United since 2001.

Mourinho has made improvements and deserves that third season in charge, but there will be serious questions asked if United are 16 points behind their noisy neighbours in a year. The likes of Paul Pogba - he has been a show pony.

"The mental level, the day by day, everything must be consistent until the last day so one of the things we have to improve is consistency". Subs: Jesse Lingard (for Herrera, 45) 5, Anthony Martial (for Pogba, 58) 5, Marcus Rashford (for Young, 75) 5.

"I know them", he said.

Victory at Old Trafford for the managerless Baggies - 12 points from safety prior to kick-off - moved them onto 24 points, the same tally Watford mustered in the 1999/2000 campaign, which is the fifth-worst total in Premier League history.

Mourinho also believed that some of his players were guilty of complacency after their stirring comeback in the Manchester derby the previous weekend.

"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated".

Speaking after the win over Tottenham, Guardiola admitted winning the title in England would be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career. Everything was complicated. Players didn't want to or didn't play simple.

"Towards the end I think you could see the work that we had put in, but the lads stuck in, gave it everything we had and we got the win".

United have to better them and if they can't do it in the Premier League, they have to be successful in Europe. "City won the title because they won more points than everyone else, not tell City they won title because United did not win, it is not fair on them".

"Everything was one more touch, one more flick, one more pass, one more touch", Mounrinho added.

West Brom, to their credit, also kept probing forward but they lacked the class required to really open United up at the back.

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