Mourinho praises champions Man City
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Manchester City after they were confirmed as Premier League champions.
Mourinho's second-placed United slipped to a shock 1-0 loss to bottom side West Brom on Sunday, a result that put runaway leaders City out of reach.
The United manager said: "I knew that sooner or later that (they) would be (champions) and if I was in their position I would be very upset if somebody said that they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Bromwich Albion.
"They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points. They lost only two matches because they were the best team. That's the reason why they were champions."
United delayed City's title celebrations by winning last week's derby at the Etihad Stadium but Mourinho admitted that victory had a hollow feel.
He said: "Probably because I (have) won eight championships I was not in the moon with the victory against them, because that doesn't make me feel super happy."
Mourinho suggested he had already congratulated his rivals in advance.
He said: "I don't know if I was the first or if I was the second or the third, but I congratulated them face-to-face when I had the chance to do it."
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