Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has capitulated his title hopes, claiming Manchester City are destined to win the league.
The Red Devils are 15 points behind Pep Guardiola’s side following the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.
Mourinho told a news conference on Friday:
“The fight is open for second, third fourth fifth and sixth but is practically closed for the first.”
United have more points and more goals than at the same stage of last season despite being far behind the league leaders Manchester City.
The Sky Blue team have dropped just seven points all season, Mourinho says that has all but ruled everyone else out of the race.
“They are doing so, so well that they are not letting the others come close, it’s as simple as that. Us, Tottenham or Chelsea are not doing bad because the points we have are very reasonable but Manchester City started strong and kept doing strong and managed to win matches they didn’t deserve – I give credit — with that last push of the last minute goal, the winning goal in extra time.
“If you tell me all six want to be champion and only one will be and the other five fail, I think it is too pragmatic a way to look at it because you can do positive work and not winning the title.”
Guardiola has urged that City have too many challenging games remaining to consider his side as guaranteed champions.
“There are 13 games, 39 points to play, we are 15 ahead, It’s not over,” he told his own pre-match news conference, held shortly after Mourinho’s.
“We have tough games left to play.
“We cannot deny and everyone knows how tough it is at Burnley. We have Arsenal, United, Tottenham and Chelsea.”
Man City have been in phenomenal form this season and have only lost one and drawn two in 25 games. They are sitting pretty at the top of the table with 68 points and look set to win their first Premier League title since 2014.
Matthew Quinn, Pundit Arena