Jose Mourinho has emphasised that Manchester City are deserved champions following his side’s 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Manchester United’s tempo against the Baggies was off from the very start and, having grown frustrated with their lack of progress going forward, gave the visitors a goal from a set piece.
The result means Pep Guardiola’s side, following their 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, have officially won the Premier League title.
And Mourinho, speaking after the game, insisted he was making no excuses and noted that Man City were deserved champions.
“When someone is champions they deserve people to say that and I’m not going to come with excuses, like I didn’t after we beat them,” he said.
“I didn’t make it the biggest victory of my career. I said they would win it sooner or later because they are the best team and if it wasn’t today it would have been the next weekend.”
City can finally call themselves champions in an official sense but that notion has been widely known for some time.
Many saw United’s 2-1 defeat at home to their neighbours, which gave them an 11 point lead at the top, as the moment it was sealed. But I would argue that we can go further back than that: October 14, 2017.
This was the day which saw United, having enjoyed a remarkable start to the campaign, surrender the initiative at Anfield and play for a 0-0. Down the road, City were putting seven past Stoke City.
A pattern was established that day, and it needs to serve as motivation for United to avoid doing the same next year.