Sport Mourinho admits Premier League title race 'probably' over after Manchester derby defeat

21:55  10 december  2017
21:55  10 december  2017 Source:

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho conceded the title race to "lucky" Manchester City after Pep Guardiola's side left Old Trafford on Sunday with a 2-1 win and 11-point lead in the Premier League.

Goals from David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi, either side of Marcus Rashford's equaliser, secured City's 14th win in succession, an English top-flight record in a single season.

Mourinho was enraged by referee Michael Oliver booking Ander Herrera for diving late on as the Spaniard tumbled over Otamendi's challenge in the penalty area - a moment laced with mirth given the Portuguese's pre-match accusations over City's simulation.

Jose Mourinho believes that title race is over

  Jose Mourinho believes that title race is over Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he believes the Premier League title race is “over” after his side were defeated by current leaders Manchester City at Old Trafford, according to a report on the Daily Mail. The Red Devils lost 2-1 against their arch-rivals to give City an 11 point lead at the top of the table, also leaving them unbeaten so far this campaign. When asked if he thinks the title race is already over before Christmas, Mourinho replied: “Probably, yes.” However, the Portuguese praised for City, who outplayed United throughout the whole match but managed to score two scrappy goals. “They scored two goals which were quite unbelievable to concede. They scored two goals out of nothing with rebounds. Two easy goals.” “I think they are a very good team, [but] they are lucky, they have decisions in their favour” The big teams who are behind City will try their best to reduce the gap, but ultimately they will all be fighting for a UEFA Champions League position as you simply can’t see City dropping points at the moment. United will need to regroup quickly as they face AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.

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But Mourinho believes City are being "protected by luck" in their march to the top of the league - a factor he thinks could help them lift the trophy.

Asked by BBC Sport if the title race was run, Mourinho said: "Probably, yes.

"Manchester City are a very good team and they are protected by the luck, and the gods of football are behind them.

"I'm pretty sure everyone is going to fight for points and try and reduce the distance, but the advantage is a very good one."

Both of City's goals came from United's failure to clear set-pieces as Mourinho saw his team cede large amounts of possession to Guardiola's men.

He added: "Two bad goals. Not what you expect to concede. City have good qualities. They have a huge percentage of ball but their creation we kept control of.

"We did enough to win the game? It depends on your perspective. They had more of the ball and apparently more control because they kept the ball more than us. But I think the players fought enough.

“Without any analysing the match is made of incidents and the penalty was a big incident."

Mourinho highlights City's tactical fouls to ramp up ref pressure .
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