Mourinho admits champions City 'were the best team'

Mourinho admits champions City 'were the best team'

Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Manchester City as they were confirmed as Premier League champions following a Manchester United defeat.

Mourinho's second-placed United slipped to a shock 1-0 loss to bottom side West Brom on Sunday, a result that put runaway leaders City out of reach.

The United manager said: "I knew that sooner or later that (they) would be (champions) and if I was in their position I would be very upset if somebody said that they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Bromwich Albion.

"They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points. They lost only two matches because they were the best team. That's the reason why they were champions."

United delayed City's title celebrations by winning last week's derby at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho admitted that victory had a hollow feel.

He said: "Probably because I (have) won eight championships I was not in the moon with the victory against them, because that doesn't make me feel super happy."

Mourinho suggested he had already congratulated his rivals in advance.

He said: "I don't know if I was the first or if I was the second or the third, but I congratulated them face-to-face when I had the chance to do it."

United produced a subdued performance against the Baggies and were beaten by a 73rd-minute header from Jay Rodriguez.

Mourinho said: "We were masters in complicated football, everything was complicated.

"We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated.

"They always had time to organise themselves.

Probably in our best period, where we were moving the ball better and the team was thinking faster, they scored the goal in the only way they could score a goal, which was in a corner or in a lateral free-kick. After that they closed every door.

West Brom remain nine points adrift of safety with just four games remaining and seem unlikely to stave off relegation, but caretaker boss Darren Moore was pleased with their efforts.

Moore said: "It was a good performance today and we got our just rewards in the end. We have come up against a very, very good side in Manchester United but everyone stuck to their job and did everything we asked of them.

"In the end, when the ball did break for us, we used it well at times and created chances in open play and then got the goal. It stops the rot."

- PA

More on this topic

Gareth Bale’s ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid’ celebration criticised in Spanish mediaGareth Bale’s ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid’ celebration criticised in Spanish media

McCarthy ready to start afresh in MarchMcCarthy ready to start afresh in March

Boys in Green face March mission against SlovakiaBoys in Green face March mission against Slovakia

Ireland’s thrilling fightback stuns SwedesIreland’s thrilling fightback stuns Swedes

More in this Section

What next for Mauricio Pochettino following Spurs exit?What next for Mauricio Pochettino following Spurs exit?

5 things Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho may do in the January transfer window5 things Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho may do in the January transfer window

UEFA confirm draw will decide home teams in Euro 2020 play-off finalsUEFA confirm draw will decide home teams in Euro 2020 play-off finals

West Ham poke fun at new Tottenham boss Mourinho ahead of derby clashWest Ham poke fun at new Tottenham boss Mourinho ahead of derby clash


Lifestyle

Well first and foremost, it depends what type of cold you have, as Prudence Wade discovers.Should you exercise when you’ve got a cold?

Make like a Masterchef contestant with this sophisticated dessert.How to make Marcus Wareing’s milk chocolate, raspberry and thyme tart

Waste not, want not – this one’s all about using things up.How to make Marcus Wareing’s panzanella

With fresh produce in abundance, this Balkan state is becoming a top destination for foodies. Jonjo Maudsley gets stuck in.Get beyond Belgrade to taste the authentic side of Serbia

More From The Irish Examiner