Mourinho admits City 'the best team' after loss hands rivals title


Mourinho admits City 'the best team' after loss hands rivals title

Manchester City, who had bounced back after a week of dismal performances trounced Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Saturday. Said Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to the media after the match.

He said: "There's players all over the world Portugal, Spain - you name it - wherever".

We were masters in complication.

Manchester City are now 16 points ahead of 2nd placed side Manchester United - the Premier League record points gap between 1st and 2nd place at the end of a season is now 18 points by Manchester United in 1999-00.

Ten minutes later, Romelu Lukaku should have got the breakthrough for United after he was sent through on goal but Foster made a brilliant double save after also denying Alexis Sanchez with his legs from the rebound.

Mourinho has often bristled at criticism of his United side this season and he challenged detractors of him and his team to give credit following an impressive run of wins that includes Premier League triumphs over Chelsea, Liverpool and City. They lost only two matches because they were the best team.

"I have won titles, I would not be happy if someone say won title if someone lose a match", Mourinho said.

"The easy thing would have been to out against Sevilla and then collapse in the Premier League, in the sense that motivation goes down and the quality goes down".

"We didn't want [to play] or couldn't play simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn". "I have no reason not to - eight titles and three Premier Leagues and the last Premier League was not 20 years ago".

Pogba, one of United's underwhelming performers on the day, was taken off by Mourinho after 58 minutes, but his boss has since hinted that he did this because the Frenchman had already been booked. The club have won their last five games and last weekend's result against Manchester City was arguably the result of the season for them. Previous times, we almost threw it away and that was a feature of every season we won it.

City clinched the first division league title in 1936-1937 and 1967-1968, while they have won the competition in its current form twice - in 2011-2012 and 2013-2014.

"I know how to win, I believe in myself but I don't play", he added. "Everyone is disappointed. We didn't play well at all and it's a bad afternoon for us". West Brom are 10 points behind the safety zone with only five games remaining.