City win title on United loss

Manchester City are confirmed as the Premier League champions after neighbours United were stunned by West Brom.

The Baggies, bottom of the table and seemingly doomed to relegation won 1-0 at Old Trafford to ensure that City couldn't be caught at the top.

Pep Guardiola's side won on Saturday, away at Tottenham but must have assumed that the title would be sealed when Swansea visit the Etihad Stadium next weekend.

West Brom arrived at Old Trafford with just three league wins to their name all season with the drop down to the Championship all but confirmed.

However, despite soaking up plenty of United pressure it was the visitors who got the only goal of the game, Jay Rodriguez heading in from a second half corner.

They held out for the remainder of the game to complete their first away victory since August and their first league win since January. It still looks too late to avoid relegation with the Baggies nine points from safety.

At the other end of the table though their win gifted City the title. Guardiola's side are 16 points clear of United with five games remaining to claim their third title win in seven seasons and their first under the Spaniard.

United boss Jose Mourinho said after the game that his side had disappointed after the euphoria of beating City last weekend.

He told the BBC: "It was a bad reaction after the City victory, the consequence of that is complicated football. Some players think it is stylish football. We were a complicated team and let them feel comfortable.

"City were the best team, sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league."

West Brom face Liverpool at home next Saturday and they are 6/1 to win again while Jurgen Klopp's side are 2/5 with the draw priced at 15/4.

The Baggies are 20/1 to win the game 1-0.

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Jose eager to secure second

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is eager to see his side do everything they can to secure second place in the Premier League this season.

The Red Devils currently hold a four-point cushion over Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in the race to finish second behind champions-elect Manchester City, who United beat 3-2 in a derby thriller last weekend.

And Mourinho is keen to maintain that position, with United having won their last five league games – beating Chelsea, Liverpool and the Citizens in that run.

He told reporters ahead of a Sunday visit from rock-bottom West Brom: "We come from a big result and during the week I was trying to fight that result by working well and hard.

"I was trying to make the players understand that it's not enough to deserve to finish second, we need the points to finish second and obviously to finish top four we need four or five points.

"But to finish second we need much more than that and after three important points last weekend we have to try to do this three and be closer to the end of the season and to the second position which is, in this moment, is our ambition."

United are priced at 2/11 to defeat West Brom on Sunday and are 6/1 to claim a 3-0 victory, with former Baggies striker Romelu Lukaku 5/6 to score at any time.

Meanwhile, Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted that he is unsure whether he will try to extend his Old Trafford stay, with his current contract running out at the end of next season.

He told Mundo Deportivo: "I'm going to fulfil the year I've got left, but I don't know if I will renew. We have started talks but nothing is decided yet."

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United’s injury problems ease

Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera are all fit and could feature in Saturday's Manchester derby.

Manchester United trio Jones, Rojo and Herrera have all recovered from injury, while Blind is back in full training.

However, goalkeeper Sergio Romero remains sidelined and could be out for "a few weeks", according to Mourinho, after picking up an injury while on international duty with Argentina.

"Everybody is coming back but Sergio [Romero] is injured," said the United boss.

"It's been a good week. I would say a normal week – no midweek match or Champions League for us, so more time to train."

United are second in the Premier League table, 16 points behind Manchester City, who will be confirmed as champions if they beat Mourinho's team on Saturday evening.

The United boss added: "It's easy to go to the books and to understand that with this number of points we would normally have been close most seasons.

"We are not because City have a good number of points. It is very difficult for the second team to be (not) fighting for the title, which we are not at this moment.

"My motivation is to finish second."

United are 7/2 to keep a clean sheet in the Manchester derby and 10/3 to beat Pep Guardiola's team.

Lukaku interested in silverware

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is eager to help his club win some silverware, having brought up his century of Premier League goals.

The 24-year-old Belgium international reached three figures in the English top-flight with the opening goal in a 2-0 win over Swansea City at Old Trafford on Saturday, but he is focused on trying to help the Red Devils lift trophies, rather than his own personal landmarks.

He told MUTV: "I want to add trophies to the personal stuff. I don't like to talk about personal stuff. I'm a team player, so I put the team ahead of myself.

"I'm a striker and I know there are a lot more goals in me and, hopefully, I can add a trophy as well to the goals. There's a lot of hard work to be done and I'm enjoying the challenge."

Meanwhile, United boss Jose Mourinho has challenged his side to finish the league season strongly, with his side on course to finish second in the Premier League.

And the Portuguese believes that only the outstanding form of Manchester City has ensured his side are not in the title mix.

He added: "In other leagues we would be fighting for the title.

"We have ten points more than last season, more goals scored, less goals conceded, but there is a club which is making it practically impossible to follow.

"We want to finish in the best possible position, which is second position. We are there for the whole season and clearly I think we deserve to finish there, but to finish there we need points."

United can be backed at 9/4 to win the FA Cup this season, with Chelsea 13/8 and Tottenham Hotspur 2/1.

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Swans a danger warns Mourinho

Jose Mourinho has warned his Manchester United players that they will face a confident Swansea City said at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Swans looked like relegation certainties prior to the arrival of new boss Carlos Carvalhal, but the Portuguese has overseen a major upturn in fortunes, with City having lost just once in their last eight Premier League games.

That run of results has seen the Welshmen move three points clear of the relegation places and Mourinho is expecting a major test of his side this weekend.

He told reporters: "Since Carlos arrived it is obvious the team has improved a lot, they have got points that many wouldn't expect them to have got.

"So, we will face a team that are very well organised, especially from a defensive point of view. Also they are dangerous on the counter-attack.

"They are powerful from set-pieces, using the aerial ability of their three centre-backs, and from a mental point of view, you can feel the fantastic work by Carlos, the team looks happy and confident."

The Swans, who earned a 1-1 league draw at Old Trafford last season, are 5/1 to claim a draw on Saturday and are 11/1 to secure a 1-1 draw again, with Andre Ayew priced at 7/1 to score at any time.

Meanwhile, City head coach Carvalhal has not yet written off loan star Renato Sanches for the remainder of the season, with the midfielder currently back at parent club Bayern Munich to receive treatment on an ankle injury.

He added: "He has been in Munich the last two weeks and now we are waiting. He is progressing very well and now we are waiting for him.

"We have to get him fit as soon as possible. After that, let's see if he can play and help the team or not, because we do not a have lot numbers in the squad."

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Limp display displeases Jose

Jose Mourinho was unhappy with his Manchester United team's lethargic display in their 2-0 FA Cup quarter-final win against Brighton.

Mourinho had been hoping for a more positive reaction following United's Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla in midweek and left Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez on the bench for the repeat of the 1983 FA Cup final.

Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring in the 37th minute before Nemanja Matic doubled United's lead in the closing stages on a snowy evening at Old Trafford.

"I am happy that we go to Wembley again," Mourinho said afterwards. "But I am not happy with the performance. I expected more, we worked for more. We need more personality. Personality has a big influence in the quality that you show.

"I think [Nemanja] Matic was by far the best player in the team. Clearly, the personality, the desire, no fear to play, no fear to make mistakes.

"The team didn't play as well as we prepared. These players, they need to play with pressure and feel the pressure."

United can be backed at 7/4 to win the FA Cup outright this season, while Chelsea are available at 9/2 and Tottenham at 7/4.

Mourinho wary of Albion threat

Jose Mourinho has warned that Brighton will be no pushovers when they head to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Albion head north on the back of a run of just one defeat in their last eight games in all competitions, having lifted themselves seven points clear of the Premier League relegation places and potentially in line for a finish in the top half of the table.

And Mourinho is in no doubt that his side will be pushed hard if they want to reach a Wembley semi-final come Saturday night.

He told MUTV: "They have a very good team playing with great stability, with happiness according to the results, so it's going to be hard.

"They now have more experience in the Premier League at the highest level and are obviously more confident because of their position in the table.

"They can see light at the end of the tunnel and are almost there, so it's brilliant work by Chris Hughton. I really believe in them staying in the top division and now they are fighting to go to Wembley in the FA Cup."

United have only lost once to Brighton in 17 previous meetings in all competitions, while they famously defeated the Seagulls 4-0 in an FA Cup final replay in 1983 after the initial clash had ended in an action-packed 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, Mourinho reported no new injury problems for the game on Saturday evening, with Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic still sidelined.

United are 1/3 to defeat Brighton in 90 minutes and are 8/11 to keep a clean sheet, with the men from Manchester 2/1 to go all the way and lift the FA Cup this season.

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Mourinho hints at big changes

Jose Mourinho watched Manchester United crash out of the Champions League to Sevilla and said 'everything has to change' if they are to become a European powerhouse again.

The Red Devils had hoped their battling 0-0 draw in the first leg of their last-16 tie in Spain would have stood them in good stead ahead of Tuesday night's second leg at Old Trafford.

But the tie was over by the 78th minute after substitute Wissam Ben Yedder's four-minute brace gave Sevilla two away goals and left the Red Devils needing to score three times to progress to the quarter-finals.

Romelu Lukaku did grab a consolation six minutes from time but it was too little, too late as United's European dream died for another season.

Despite having three shots on target throughout and appearing lacklustre on the night, Mourinho said he had 'no regrets' about his approach to the tie and he also defended his players, claiming they 'did their best'.

However, the Portuguese tactician, who has won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan during his managerial career, suggested that there is still a lot to do in order for United to reach that level once again.

Mourinho said: "Everything, everything has to change.

"Everybody spends money, right? Not just us, no? It's a natural process, every team invests."

United remain on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League and are 2/5 to win the title without Manchester City, while their last chance of silverware is now in the FA Cup and they are priced at 2/1 to lift the trophy.

United’s chances played down

Jose Mourinho has said before Manchester United's match against Sevilla that he does not think his side are one of the best in the Champions League.

United qualified for the Champions League by winning the Europa League last term but they have not won the Premier League title since the 2012/13 campaign, finishing seventh, fourth, fifth and sixth in the last four seasons.

They are currently second behind runaway leaders Manchester City and drew last month's round of 16 first-leg encounter in Sevilla 0-0.

United are 4/9 to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League and 13/2 to beat Sevilla 1-0 on Tuesday with Marcus Rashford, who netted both their goals on Saturday in the 2-1 victory against Liverpool, 8/5 to score at any time against the La Liga outfit.

Mourinho said: "I don't think we are one of the best teams in the competition. But I think when a team arrives in the last eight, anything can happen.

"I think when you are in the last 16, it looks really, really far. But when a team gets in the last eight, you start smelling semi-finals and I think when a team gets into the last eight, the feeling is, of course, you are among the best.

"I think we're playing against a team that didn't lose against Liverpool home and away. I don't feel that we have any advantage in this moment."

Manchester United can be backed at 20/1 to win the Champions League outright this season.

Mourinho won’t rule Pogba out

Jose Mourinho has indicated that Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba could both feature in Manchester United's Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday.

Pogba missed the 2-1 victory against Liverpool after picking up a minor injury in training on Friday but could return for the round of 16 second leg encounter against the Spanish side at Old Trafford.

The tie is on a knife-edge after last month's first leg ended goalless. United are 2/5 to qualify for the quarter-finals while a 1-0 Sevilla victory can be backed at 14/1.

Mourinho said: "I don't know [if he will be able to play on Tuesday]. We don't know yet, but he trained a little bit after you left [on Monday morning]."

Martial did train on Monday but Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are all expected to miss the game. Central midfielder Ander Herrera is also unavailable due to injury.

United are 20/1 to win the Champions League outright this season while Martial is 7/4 to score at any time against Sevilla.

Meanwhile, veteran United midfielder Michael Carrick has announced that he will retire from the game at the end of the season.

The 36-year-old, who represented England 34 times, has played 463 games for United since moving to Old Trafford from Tottenham for £18million almost 12 years ago.

He has only made four appearances this season though and has been offered a first-team coaching role at the club.