Jose Mourinho questioned the attitude of his players after a losing 1-0 to Championship bound West Bromwich Albion
United followed up their derby win with a disappointing result against West Bromwich Albion. They lost 0-1 to the bottom-placed side in the league. Not only did it their confidence, it also handed Manchester City the premier league title. While City’s title triumph was an inevitability, United’s loss meant that it came a week prior than expected.
West Bromwich put up a spirited performance and took the fight to Mourinho’s men. Jay Rodriguez headed home in the 73rd minute. United came hard at the Baggies in the dying staged but was not able to mount a comeback. After the result, Mourinho hit out at his players’ attitude after the derby win. He said:
“I won eight titles and I am not on the moon because I won against Manchester City. I saw lots of people over the moon because we won against City.”
“You could see the difference in attitude to players compared to last week. We deserve to be punished but the defeat was too heavy.”
The Portugues was then asked of his frustration considering that City won the title on the back of United’s loss. He did not take kindly to that question and said:
“I have won titles, I would not be happy if someone said I won title because someone lost a match. City won the title because they won more points than everyone else, not tell City they won the title because United did not win, it is not fair to them.”
Jose Mourinho is critical of his Man Utd players after defeat by West Brom.
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Mourinho’s men will now be looking forward to an FA Cup meeting with Tottenham next weekend. The cup competition remains their only chance of silverware.
Mourinho will definitely be disappointed that his team’s loss handed his nemesis the league title. The derby win did secure the bragging rights for the Red Devils, this loss, however, has greater repercussions. Mourinho and his men will now start preparing for the FA Cup semi-final with an eye on the season ahead.