A week after City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to United and squander the chance to wrap up the title in ideal style against their arch-rivals, it was relegation-bound West Brom who served it up on a plate.
The Spain worldwide told MUTV in the wake of a disappointing home reversal against West Brom which gifted the Premier League crown to City: "Second position was not done before the game".
Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their second goal to equalise 2-2 during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 7, 2018. Manchester United visit Bournemouth in the Premier League for a 19:45 kick-off on Wednesday before an FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday.
The Portuguese manager said that City deserved their title and he had offered them his congratulations after the derby win.
"We didn't want or played simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn".
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When the pressure has been on them to deliver, however, as was the case here as well as against Sevilla and City at home, United have not just fallen short but done so with a whimper, with no clear idea.
He added: "You can win the Champions League in seven games, the league is 10 months". Probably because I won eight championships, I was not in the moon with the victory against them. If you were a fan you would have been expecting far more.
"He annoys me, because I know he's capable of a hundred times more", said Christophe Dugarry, a striker in France's 1998 World Cup-winning side, this week.
"In the end, if we analyse the game, they fully deserve the victory", he said.
The club also fired chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman in February following the team's poor performances this season. "Don't say City won the title because United did not win, it is not fair on them", he said. "When we play bad then, yes, tell the truth". They are presently on 71 points with five matches remaining.