Mata challenges Man Utd to salvage season after Premier League title surrender

But, just a week after spoiling City's title party by beating their local rivals 3-2 at the Etihad, the way United abjectly gifted the title to their neighbours will sting. "If I was in their position, I would be very upset if someone said they won because United lost against West Brom".

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.

But a first Premier League title, to go with the three La Liga titles he won as manager of Barcelona and the three Bundesliga titles he delivered for Bayern Munich, will be particularly satisfying.

Mourinho said the there was no continuity or fluidity in the team's play on Sunday, but he said he thought the result was harsh. "I believe in myself". After rallying from one-goal deficits on two occasions in each of their last two matches to secure hard-earned draws, the Cherries had no such magic at Anfield on Saturday when they were outclassed 3-0 by Liverpool. City's noisy celebrations in the dressing room after the game irked Mourinho and his side, prompting an altercation between a small number of players and staff. Expanding on what United must do to overcome City, Jose continued: "You don't win titles with inconsistency".

This frank assessment from the Portuguese manager tells you everything you need to know about United's performance - a laboured, lacklustre loss of both the match and the title.

West Brom's former United keeper Ben Foster dealt with the few real efforts that came from the home attack - keeping out a close-range strike from Romelu Lukaku in the 19th minute and then a header from the Belgian in the 66th. That didn't make me feel super happy and, in my opinion, it affected some of the people that were too happy.

In his second season in charge, Guardiola, aided by the vast financial backing of City's Abu Dhabi-based owners, has created a sublime team that helped him become the first Spanish coach to win the English top-flight title.

"So one of the things we must improve is consistency".

"When we have the ball, we want to run with the ball, we want to dribble, and everything was complicated and probably in our best period where we were moving the ball better and the team was thinking faster and the team had more width was when they scored".

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