We didn't hand title to Manchester City - Mourinho

Jose Verdugo
Abril 16, 2018

Manchester United gifted the Premier League title to fierce rival Manchester City in improbable fashion by losing 1-0 to last-place West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Had they won it last week against United, that would have defined Guardiola's first title, but City have been so much more than that this season, which is why the long-term uplift of sealing it as they have will do them no harm.

After Man City defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Saturday, Man United needed a win over West Brom to keep the slim title hopes alive.

Only time will tell how good this City team is, and whether they are the best we have ever seen in the Premier League, but one thing that can not be denied is that they are the best we have right now - and by some distance. They created very few clear opportunities throughout and were punished with around 20 minutes left to play as Jay Rodriguez scored a stooping header for the Baggies.

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.

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.

Victory for West Brom moves them up to 24 points, but they remain nine away from safety with just four games remaining.

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Former England worldwide Gary Lineker, who now work as a television presenter, tweeted: "Congratulations to @ManCity on winning the Premier League title".

The Premier League title is the 24th trophy of the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss' managerial career.

"They won because they were the best team, they lost only a few points". That's Liverpooling more than Liverpool have ever Liverpooled this season.

Guardiola is the first Spanish manager to win the Premier League, while City also tied United's record by winning the competition with five games to spare.

Everything was complicated, they couldn't play simple, everything was one more touch, one more flick, one more turn, the ball lost.

"I was talking before the game and I was saying the first time you win it you feel you are going to win all of them and the first time you lose it you feel like you are never going to win it again, so you want to hold on to this feeling".

"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.

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