Mourinho: ‘Lucky’ City ‘probably’ have title secured

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admits that Manchester City have most likely ended the title race after beating his side on Sunday.

The Citizens defeated the Red Devils 2-1 in the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. David Silva put City ahead, but Marcus Rashford levelled matters on the stroke of half-time before Nicolas Otamendi netted the decisive goal for the visitors in the 54th minute.

The result sees City extend their lead at the top of the Premier League standings to 11 points, and Mourinho believes it's unlikely anyone will catch them. 

The United boss did, however, claim that Guardiola's team have been lucky to get so many decisions in their favour this season. He believes Ander Herrera should have had a penalty in the second half, instead of being booked for simulation.

“I think they are a very good team, they are lucky, they have decisions in their favour,” Mourinho said, according to The Guardian

“My first reaction is that I feel sorry for Michael Oliver. The referee is a human being and he tried his best. He was very committed to have a good match, which I think he had but made one mistake, which was a crucial mistake.”

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