Mourinho sends stern message to United stars after City's Premier League win

REUTERS  Russell Cheyne

REUTERS Russell Cheyne

City had won convincingly against Tottenham Hotspurs on Saturday, leaving their fate in the hands of United team waiting to engage the Baggies the next day.

Manchester United fans were delighted to see their record signing back to his best as he prodded past Ederson twice to level the derby and help delay City's title charge.

West Brom had won just one league game since August, they sit bottom of the Premier League table and are all but relegated already. This title won by the City would be the fifth in the history of the team.

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.

"I will tell you what I told him after the (City) match and it's exactly what I told him - I don't expect you to be man of the match every week, I don't expect you to score two goals every week", he said. "I knew that sooner or later that would happen".

"If you ask me about respect, I say it is about honesty", he said.

This was not the first time Pogba was substituted early by Mourinho this season, although the 25-year-old had completed the 90 minutes in United's previous four league matches.

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United had the opportunity to prolong City's wait to secure title glory by another week when they took on West Brom this afternoon. "But I expect you to be consistent". "We keep fighting one game at a time".

It is Abu Dhabi-owned City's third title in seven seasons and their first since former boss Manuel Pellegrini achieved the feat in 2013-14.

"I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against City".

The loss handed City the title, leaving United trailing by 16 points with five games remaining, and Mourinho immediately faced the question of whether he was confident his team could make a real challenge next year.

"We were masters in complication".

902 - The number of passes completed in a one-sided 1-0 victory over Chelsea in March represented a new benchmark since Opta began recording the data in 2003-04.

'The players didn't want to play simple. Their best chance of the second half was a header by Romelu Lukaku, which was well saved by Foster. Manchester City (28 wins) are now just three wins away from this with five games to play.

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