Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Sloppy United were punished, says Jose Mourinho

Sloppy United were punished, says Jose Mourinho

United knew avoiding defeat against the league's bottom side would have delayed their city rivals' coronation again, having battled from two goals down to win at the Etihad last weekend, but they turned in an insipid performance which was duly punished by Jay Rodriguez's 73rd-minute header.

Manchester United stars played loud music in the dressing room after recording a 3-2 victory in the Manchester derby against City.

City manager Pep Guardiola might have rubbed his eyes in disbelief at events at Old Trafford when he returned from his round of golf with his son.

Mourinho, though, was quick to dampen talk that United had handed the title to City, insisting it is their dominance over the season that secured their coronation. It was always a matter of when rather than if City would be champions after they led the way for most of the season. Everything was complicated. Players didn't want to or didn't play simple.

Mourinho initially went in to tell them to turn their music down, and United stars did not forget about the incident.

"They were the right ones and the ones we believed in, I'm sure there are differences to how we play today compared to Bayern (Munich) and Barcelona, we survive and live by the strength of the team".

"I don't think we deserved to lose, but we gave them the opportunity to win the match by being solid in defence and sniffing a chance in attack".

With 87 points from 33 matches, City win their first Premier League title since 2013-14 under Manuel Pellegrini and their third since being bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.

"He annoys me, because I know he's capable of a hundred times more", said Christophe Dugarry, a striker in France's 1998 World Cup-winning side, this week.

Midfielder Paul Pogba was United's match-winner against City but produced another less than impressive display against West Brom. You don't win titles with inconsistency. "The amount of goals, chances and points, to do that in the Premier League, with the contenders we have, is because the players are so good". But I expect you to be consistent.

WE SHOULD HAVE HAD A PENALTY IN THE FIRST HALF "Paul Tierney [the referee] was unlucky in one decision [the challenge by Craig Dawson on Ander Herrera] but I don't blame him at all - it's football".

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