Manchester United continue to infuriate - Mourinho must raise standards
Apr 16 2018 by Marjorie Miles
In order to prevent City from being crowned champions for a few more days, United had to avoid defeat against bottom club Albion at Old Trafford.
West Brom: Ben Foster 7, Allan Nyom 6, Craig Dawson 6, Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi 6, Kieran Gibbs 6, Matt Phillips 6, Jake Livermore 6, Chris Brunt 6, James McClean 6, Salomon Rondon 6, Jay Rodriguez 7.
Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, had spent the day on the golf course.
"You look at the signings Mourinho has made".
West Brom sacked manager Alan Pardew at the start of April after just four months following one win in his 18 matches in charge, but even a famous win at Old Trafford may be too little, too late for the Baggies as they still lie nine points off safety with just four games remaining.
United should have had a first-half penalty after Craig Dawson caught Ander Herrera, but complacency seeped in and West Brom showed the fight under caretaker boss Darren Moore that has been sorely lacking this season. He has a very good squad, but he needs to get more from it. Paul Pogba needs to significantly improve, as does Alexis Sanchez.
While league honours were out of the Red Devils reach, Mourinho refused to hold back on his assessment of his side's insipid display against the Baggies.
It wasn't the best day for Romelu Lukaku against his former club, either.
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After the final whistle, the United manager criticised his players. That euphoria has been erased by the West Brom defeat. "We did not deserve to lose, but we gave them opportunities to win the match".
"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated. Everything was complicated. Players they didn't want to or couldn't play simple", Mourinho told SkyTV afterwards. Well, they did beat ChelseaLiverpool and Manchester City in the previous five games and were obviously brimming with confidence. Reportedly, United have scouted Tierney multiple times this season, and they intend to finalize the deal this summer. "When we had the ball, we wanted to run, dribble and everything was complicated", he said.
The irony that this is exactly how Manchester City play will not be lost on anyone.
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.
United's loss saw Manchester City officially become the champions of England, although there are still five games to be played until the end of the league season.
"I trust in my work, that is for sure", added Mourinho.
"With my experience you don't titles with inconsistency".
He dismissed talks of being carried away following last weekend's derby win against Manchester City.