Meek loss for Manchester United shows gulf in class with rivals City

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Not for the first time this season at Old Trafford United started sluggishly and could have been a goal down after 12 minutes. If I was in that position, I would be very upset if they say they won the title because Manchester United lost to West Brom.

City need just nine points from their final games to set a new record for most Premier League points, while another 11 goals would see them set a new goal-scoring record.

"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", Mourinho added.

Prior to the match, Manchester United knew they only needed not to lose to Baggies to prolong Manchester City's chase for the title.

"Probably because I won eight championships I was not on the moon with the victory against them because that doesn't make me feel super-happy".

'I was not going to celebrate like insane, for me we should play with great focus and intensity and try and kill the top four situation and be more stable in second.

United's afternoon was symptomatic of their entire season.

Despite persistent criticism of Mourinho's tactics and man management from Red Devils fans and former players alike, his United side have already achieved the club's highest points tally of any Premier League season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

"I have no reason not to trust". The defeat at Old Trafford helped the Etihad outfit mathematically win the Premier League.

"I don't know if I was the first or second or third but I congratulated them face to face when I had chance to do it". Chelsea won the League Cup too and were also strong in Europe, knocking Barcelona and Bayern Munich out before exiting to eventual winners Liverpool in the semi-finals thanks to Luis Garcia's "ghost goal".

"In my experience, you don't win titles with inconsistency, you win titles, of course with quality, without quality, you have no chance, but you have to win titles with consistency at every level not just the performance level".

"Everything must be consistent until the last day. One thing we have to improve is consistency".

Pogba was presented with two opportunities in the closing stages of the first half, but failed to hit the target on either occasion.

Jake Livermore had one decent effort saved by David De Gea and Lukaku smashed an effort right into Ben Foster's face but that was about it. Arsenal are second on 17,520, reported Opta. Nemanja Matic panicked at the delivery and headed back inside to Rodriguez, who could not miss from three yards out. Mourinho said: "I believe, like last week, they (West Brom) will be very compact with two lines of four and no space to play so Mata is one of the players who thinks fastest in my team". His decision to forego the match looked justified considering West Brom's terrible form, but the visitors easily coped with United's ponderous attacks and looked risky going forward.