Mourinho Slams Man Utd For Complicating Title Challenge

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has slammed his players for being “masters in complication” after their defeat by bottom side West Brom at Old Trafford.

The result saw Manchester City crowned Premier League champions, as they lead second-placed United by 16 points with five games each to play.

Albion secured the win thanks to a Jay Rodriguez header from Chris Brunt’s corner as the home side failed to clear their lines.

“It was a bad reaction after the City victory, the consequence of that is complicated football,” Mourinho said.

“Some players think it is stylish football. We were a complicated team and let them feel comfortable.”

United’s best chance of the game was a Romelu Lukaku header, which was superbly saved by Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster.

In that match, Mourinho’s side produced a poor first-half display before they rallied to deny City what would have been the sweetest of coronations as champions.

United should have been surfing the crest of the wave following that victory, but instead they fell flat against West Brom.

With the exception of the chance for Lukaku – and a penalty appeal when Ander Herrera was caught by Craig Dawson – it was a soporific first half for the home fans.

“Attack, attack, attack” was the call from the Stretford End after the break and while United were more purposeful with the directness of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial, they could not find an equaliser.

Afterwards, Mourinho indicated that his players did not execute the game plan as he had hoped.

“Everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn. There was no fluidity,” he said.

Perhaps the only comfort for United supporters is that City were denied the kind of thrilling champagne moment that fans crave.

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