The Frenchman was instrumental as United overcame a two-goal deficit to shock Pep Guardiola's side 3-2 at The Etihad Stadium.
Second-place United dragged the title race out for at least another week by winning 3-2 at City last weekend, only to gift the trophy to City by losing to a team that is destined for relegation and had just one league win since August. They've got a chance to be the first Premier League team to crack 100 points and are well on their way to grabbing 100 goals in league.
The Portugues was then asked of his frustration considering that City won the title on the back of United's loss.
"They're a tough team to play at the moment", Howe told the team's official website about the Champions League semifinalists, adding, "we struggled to live with their pace, energy and intensity".
"I have won titles, I would not be happy if someone said I won title because someone lost a match".
Mata knows how significant it could be if this year's team win the trophy in the coming weeks, even if Spurs represent hard opponents at Wembley.
Mourinho claimed the result and subsequent celebrations affected his players' performances in a woeful display against bottom-of-the-league West Brom. 'We were deservedly punished, ' he said.
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.
"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", said Mourinho.
And though Foster won't be at the World Cup in June, he could yet be in the Premier League with a new club next season.
City, however, now sit on 87, and would reach 102 points if they were to win each of their remaining five games, thus becoming the first to ever crack 100 in the English top flightin the process.
"We had a game plan to keep tight because we know how good they are and their players".
In addition, based on three points for a win, City's now tally is the most by any side after 33 games of an English top-flight campaign.