Jose Mourinho suggests some Manchester United players were too “affected” by their victory over Manchester City.
United beat City to stall their title celebrations last week, coming from two goals down to win 3-2 at the Etihad.
But they handed their bitter rivals the title on a plate by losing 1-0 at home to West Brom the following week.
They feel as far away from the title as ever before, but Mourinho believes that is down to the “inconsistency” of members of his squad.
“I trust in my work,” he said. “I have no reason not to – eight titles and three Premier Leagues and the last Premier League was not 20 years ago. It was three years ago and I know how to win.
“I believe in myself but I don’t play.
“Probably because I won eight championships, I was not in the moon with the victory against them [City]. It was only three points. That didn’t make me feel super happy and, in my opinion, it affected some of the people that were too happy.
“I have lots of experience because I won eight titles and I was not over the moon…but I saw lots of people who were on the moon. During the week I was trying to fight that.
“With my experience you don’t titles with inconsistency. You win, of course, with quality, but with consistency in every level, not just the performance level but also the mental level. One of the things we have to improve is consistency.”
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