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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted his players paid the price for their sluggish play in their shock 1-0 home defeat against West Bromwich Albion, which confirmed Manchester City's Premier League title in turn.

Having come from behind to beat Southampton on Saturday with a 3-2 victory, that was followed by a 1-0 loss by United to basement boys West Brom the next day.

Manchester United have a lot of ground to cover if they want to catch up with their neighbours Manchester City, who were crowned league champions on Sunday, next season.

United return to Premier League action tomorrow night at Bournemouth, three days before their Cup semi-final against Tottenham at Wembley.

"I congratulated Man City face-to-face when I had the chance because I knew they would do it", the manager told reporters.

Despite persistent criticism of Mourinho's tactics and man management from Red Devils fans and former players alike, his United side have already achieved the club's highest points tally of any Premier League season since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

"Consistency has nothing to do with age", the United boss said when asked if he was getting the best out of the experienced, established players.

"You win titles with quality of course, without that you have no chance, but you win titles with consistency".

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"The mental level, the day by day, everything must be consistent until the last day so one of the things we have to improve is consistency". By losing lots of balls, with turnings and flicks and tricks, the midfield players and central defenders are at risk of one touch, one late challenge and they are out.

"Or do you want me to go for the price they cost, or their salary, or their lovely face?"

"We deserve to be punished, but the defeat was too heavy". "It was not just him [who was poor]", he said.

"We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated".

Jay Rodriguez's goal at Old Trafford meant that City finally got their hands on the crown, leading their rivals by 16 points with five games to play.

The irony that this is exactly how Manchester City play will not be lost on anyone.

"We always gave West Brom the opportunity to be solid, compact, and with their huge physical strong players, they always had time to organise themselves".

Despite Mourinho's comments, its hard to see United not making any significant signing next summer - especially in the defensive department.

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