Manchester United’s manager, Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at his players after their surprise home loss to West Brom handed the league title to neighbours Manchester City.
Jay Rodriguez’s 72nd minute strike won the game for the basement Baggies, and Mourinho insists it’s what his team deserve.
In a post-match rant at Old Trafford, the Portuguese accused Paul Pogba of being ‘complicated’.
Read the thoughts of the boss in his post-match interview with Sky Sports via manutd.com
‘WE DESERVED TO BE PUNISHED’
“I think we were deservedly punished because we were masters in complication. Players didn’t want to or couldn’t play simple. Everything was slow, everything was one more touch, one more flick, one more trick, one more turn, ball lost and no continuity or fluidity in our football. I don’t think we deserved to lose but we gave them the opportunity to win the match by being solid in defence and smelling a chance in a set-play which they did.”
DID THE WIN OVER CITY AFFECT THE PLAYERS?
“I know them [my players], I smell, I have a lot of experience and that’s not me because I won eight titles and I’m not in the moon because I won against Manchester City – a match that is only three points. But I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against Manchester City like winning against Manchester City was the most important thing of the season. I won too much to just be happy with one big victory and during the week I was trying to fight that because I was feeling and you could see the difference of attitude in some players today compared to other weeks. Masters of complication – we complicated our football since the beginning and gave West Bromwich Albion the chance to feel quite comfortable in their football.”
WE SHOULD HAVE HAD A PENALTY IN THE FIRST HALF
“Paul Tierney [the referee] was unlucky in one decision [the challenge by Craig Dawson on Ander Herrera] but I don’t blame him at all – it’s football. It’s a penalty and nothing else but I think we deserved to be punished. Not the defeat, I think it’s too heavy, but not to win this match. I think we deserved that punishment for sure.”
WHY POGBA WAS SUBSTITUTED
“In the first half, I felt that I had to bring one player with more dynamic and more of a run and more of a player that touched the ball and searched for spaces, so I had to make a decision about one midfield player out to play Jesse Lingard. After that, I wanted to get more width and Paul [Pogba] had a yellow card and before the substitution he had a situation, not for a second yellow card but you never know in football the way the referees react to that. Paul’s game was complicated – like many others, always one more touch and one more turn.”