Mourinho under pressure to lift infuriating United

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City could yet finish the season with the most points, goals and wins from a single Premier League campaign.

And his reaction after Manchester United handed the title to City on Sunday after a shock 0-1 defeat against West Brom at Old Trafford was no different. Or United 0-0 West Brom in 2017. "Premier League Champions 17/18", City tweeted soon after the final whistle.

But Mourinho is in no doubt he is the right man to lead United's title challenge next season.

"If I was in their position I would be very upset if someone said they won because United lost against West Brom".

United was too narrow and predictable, with wide players Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata constantly cutting inside and leaving the midfield congested.

He dismissed talks of being carried away following last weekend's derby win against Manchester City.

Mourinho threw on Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the second half.

However, the United manager also gave a strong defence of his own record, listing some of his achievements with Chelsea, Real Madrid and Porto, after being asked how United could expect to overhaul Pep Guardiola's team next season.

"I trust in my work, that is for sure, I have no reason not to trust". Despite their struggles, the Baggies have won three, drawn one and lost only once in their last five at Old Trafford.

Mourinho said: "We were masters in complicated football, everything was complicated".

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There's considerable patience among United fans and Mourinho is still backed by the vast majority, but he asked to be judged after three years and it's not unfair to judge him, his team and his players after 150 games.

"We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated". He's turned up sometimes during his United career - the second time around - but you have to look at the top and at Mourinho.

"We didn't play simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn".

However, meek surrender, at home, to a team doomed to relegation and Championship football next season, is something they can't, and shouldn't have to.

Immeasurably worse for United is that Sunday's catastrophe was preceded by the performance of the season, a comeback that ranks among the greatest in the proud history of a club that epitomises "never say die".



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