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Mourinho wants strong Man United finish to secure second place

18 April, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Hannah Francis
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   POWER Jose Mourinho says teams may not be able to keep competing with Man City's spending

It's been nailed on for months now that Manchester City were destined to become Premier League winners for the third time since 2012.

It was a familiar problem for Guardiola, who had watched United come from two goals down to beat City and deny them the title last weekend.

Juan Mata believes Manchester United still have lots to play for this season after Man City's Premier League title win was confirmed in the most disappointing of circumstances on Sunday.

But Jay Rodriguez's 73rd minute header gave West Brom a stunning victory after they arrived at Old Trafford having lost nine of their previous 10 games.

Other players, analysts and broadcasters congratulated the champions, with varying degrees of joy and despair.

"I trust in my work", he said.

Mourinho, however, has told Pogba he wants to see greater consistency from him, particularly in training, with the United manager clearly implying the 25-year-old midfielder has not always hit the necessary standards.

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     COMPETE Many City have blown the rest of the Premier League out of the water this season
GETTY COMPETE Many City have blown the rest of the Premier League out of the water this season

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.

Instead of City likely clinching the title at home to Swansea next weekend, that game at Etihad Stadium will now be a party and a celebration of one of the Premier League's finest teams which could yet break a slew of records by the end of the season.

He said: "At United, the obligation every season is to fight for the title, so I understand that people are not 100 per cent happy with how this campaign has gone". I have been lucky to win three but so many I have missed as well.

"With my experience you don't titles with inconsistency".

Fair to say we went a bit mental at this. By the hour mark, Mourinho had brought on attacking players Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial for central midfielders Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba but things didn't really improve.

"But it is not about us and them, I think it is about the six teams". They have equalled the efforts of Manchester United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85) who all won the top-flight title with five games to spare. "It's one of those days that we didn't play good enough and we tried to create some chances in the first half and in the beginning of the second, but we didn't play quickly enough".




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