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The Reds performed poorly at Old Trafford on Sunday and duly suffered a shock defeat after Jay Rodriguez’s second-half goal, which has given the Baggies a glimmer of hope in their fight for Premier League survival. The result also handed Manchester City the title with five games to spare.
CONGRATULATIONS TO MANCHESTER CITY
Jose Mourinho respectfully tipped his cap to the Blues following the final whistle, telling reporters:
“When somebody is champion and deserves to be champion, they deserve for people to say that they are worthy champions,”he told Sky Sports.
“I’m not going to come here with excuses like I didn’t after we beat them. I didn’t make it like it was the biggest victory of my career and again I told him [Pep Guardiola] you will win the title sooner or later because they have been the best team.”
Boss: We were masters of complicated footballVideo
After congratulating City, Mourinho looked to next season and explained how United must get better.
“You don't win titles with inconsistency,”Jose said.
“You win titles with quality, of course, and without quality you have no chance. But you also win titles with consistency. That is consistency at every level and not just the performance level, but day by day everything must be consistent from day one until the last day. So one of the things we have to improve is consistency.”
WHY LINDELOF STARTED OVER BAILLY
There were concerns that Eric had picked up an injury after he was omitted from the squad, until Jose said Victor had taken his place for tactical reasons.
“Victor played the match against Swansea and it was very suited to his qualities,”the boss said.
“Normally, we are going to have more of the ball and, normally, it’s when we need somebody from the back to add extra technical quality in the middle of the back four.”
Our youngsters clinched the Under-18 Premier League northern title with a 2-1 win over City at Leigh Sports Village. The Blues, our only remaining challengers for the crown, were beaten after Nishan Burkart and Ethan Galbraith scored to ensure victory, despite a Brandon Williams own goal. The reward is a nationwide final against Chelsea, which is likely to be played on the weekend of 5/6 May with MUTV set to show the game live.
U18s seal northern title article
A 2-1 victory in the mini-derby over Manchester City clinches the championship for the young Reds.
Ricky Sbragia’s side climbed off the foot of the Premier League 2 Division One table, thanks to a hard-fought point against City at the Etihad Campus. Indy Boonen's excellent equaliser in first-half injury time proved enough to claim a share of the derby spoils, but the draw does mean that a win for Derby County against West Ham United on Monday night will push the Reds down into Division Two for next season.
DUO UP FOR PFA AWARDS
David De Gea is in the running for the overall PFA Players' Player of the Year accolade alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane and David Silva (all Manchester City), Mo Salah (Liverpool) and Harry Kane (Tottenham). Marcus Rashford also has a place on the PFA Young Player of the Year shortlist with Ederson, Raheem Sterling and Sane (all Manchester City), Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) and Kane.
Michael was at Old Trafford Sports Barn on Friday evening to officially launch ‘Carrick’s Street Reds’, which is a Manchester United Foundation project to be funded for the next three years by the Michael Carrick Foundation, through money raised from his testimonial in June 2017.
“It’s only the start for us but tonight is a momentous occasion in many ways so I’m immensely proud to be part of it and to help put it together,”the captain said.
“To see the smiles on the kids’ faces is priceless.”
Carrick's Street Reds Gallery
The club captain is giving back to the community with the MU Foundation.
The launch of Carrick's Street RedsVideo
Sam Johnstone's Aston Villa beat Leeds United 1-0 on Friday night, but Axel Tuanzebe missed the game due to an ankle injury sustained in the midweek win over Cardiff City. The youngster posted an image on Instagram of his protective boot, writing:
“Soon be off it and back on the pitch.”
Elsewhere, Andreas Pereira was a 69th-minute substitute in Valencia's 2-1 defeat at Barcelona and Dean Henderson kept a clean sheet for Shrewsbury Town on Thursday as they drew 0-0 with Bradford. Tim Fosu-Mensah, James Wilson, Matty Willock and Charlie Scott did not feature.