Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has slammed his players, for making things “complicated” in the 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion.
United failed to continue on their winning ways after last weekend’s Manchester Derby defeat, as Jay Rodriguez’s goal separated the two sides.
“I think we were deservedly punished,” he told Sky Sports following the match.
“We were masters in complication, everything was complicated.
“We didn’t want [to play] or couldn’t play simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn.
“There was no fluidity. We did not deserve to lose, but we gave them opportunity to win the match.”
And Mourinho suggested last weekend’s victory impacted heavily on the mentality of his players.
“I won eight titles and I am not [over] the moon because I won against Manchester City,” he added.
“I saw lots of people [over] the moon because we won against City. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week.
“We deserve to be punished, but the defeat was too heavy.”
Midfielder Juan Mata echoed the sentiments of his boss, claiming he and his teammates performed well below the expected standard.
“It’s a big disappointment. A bad day and a bad result,” Mata said. “Everyone is disappointed. We didn’t play well at all and it’s a bad afternoon for us.
“After beating Manchester City we wanted a winning spirit until the end of the season but today was one of those days. We didn’t create enough chances to score and West Brom were fighting for survival.
“It hurts [for Manchester City to win the title]. Our aim is to keep this second position. It is not ours yet and we need to be very clear about that. Today was a very bad day and we need to move on.”
“Football is an unpredictable game. Sometimes, these things happen.”