The France global scored two goals – the first time he has done so in the Premier League – in a remarkable second-half recovery from United as they won the Manchester derby 3-2 to deny City a win that would have seen Pep Guardiola’s men clinch the title.
United are miles behind local rivals Manchester City, who are running away with the title and Mourinho might look to spend big this summer, to try and compete with the best in the league.
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City captain Vincent Kompany, however, wants his team to now defend the title and win it again next year. Manchester City won 3-1. It’s wonderful. It’s such an achievement and I’m proud of the team.
“I am surprised. The quality and experience of some of the players, the stability the squad, I am surprised they find themselves in this position”, said Mourinho.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose, but we gave the opportunity to win the match”. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this team”. “All the few players are ready to play”, Mourinho confirmed to MUTV.
United produced a stirring comeback against Pep Guardiola’s side last weekend to delay the celebrations, but a limp 1-0 surrender to the rock-bottom Baggies sealed a third Premier League title for their neighbours.
After their derby day victory, City delivered a comfortable midweek win against Swansea City that was followed by the visit of Spurs – a team that Guardiola had struggled with in his previous season.
“If you ask me about respect, I say it is about honesty”, he said.
A tight game then, this, with Roy Keane, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs never fully going at a City team capable of punishing space in an instant. Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola was all smiles when he was pictured arriving home after his golf outing.
After the final whistle, the United manager criticised his players.
“This club is absolutely awesome in all terms”.