Jose Mourinho noted that he congratulated Pep Guardiola on winning the title following Manchester United’s remarkable 3-2 win over Manchester City at the Ethiad on Saturday.
Man City had the chance to wrap up the title and looked to have done so following a dominant first half during which they raced into a two goal lead and could have scored at least five.
But United, spearheaded by the remarkable Paul Pogba, shocked the footballing world with a scintillating comeback to end City’s unbeaten record at home this season.
Mourinho, however, was the first to acknowledge at full time that City, whilst beaten today, were the deserved champions.
This season will be remembered for City’s dominance of the league from start to finish by playing some of the best football seen on these shores in recent years, and rightly so.
But there will also be an important footnote remembered by all: that City, 16 points clear, had the chance to win the title against United – a chance you doubt they’ll ever get again – and bottled it.
United fought like demons and laid a huge marker down for next season – an emphatic affirmation of the notion that, if anyone has what it takes to take their crown, it is Mourinho and his team. This will leave some scars for City; it will also serve as a catalyst to improve next season.