Jose Mourinho warns: I pick on form, not price tag

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What made the West Brom loss even more bewildering was the fact that the Red Devils had scripted a rousing comeback in the Manchester Derby a week ago to delay the Sky Blues' title party.

Following the 20-time English champions shock defeat at home, the Portuguese tactician revealed he trusts in his ability to lead sides to Premier League glory but maintained it can not be achieved without consistent efforts from the team.

Jose Mourinho's side had kept the title race just about alive with a dramatic 3-2 derby win in their previous game, but a dismal performance against the league's bottom club means they can not now finish higher than second place.

In his post match interview, he said: "I will tell you what I told [Pogba] after the [City] match and it's exactly what I told him - I don't expect you to be man of the match every week, I don't expect you to score two goals every week".

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"He's positive in everything he does". They have only dropped points in five games, losing just two.

"He's got to make that gap up and it's going to be tough".

"It's hard to take the ball when your confidence is low and you're trying to do things".

There was also less risk for Ferguson because he was acting from such a position of strength that any condemnation of his players would not lead to the kind of problems - interfering agents, sulking players - that Mourinho may have to deal with following his latest questioning of his players' credentials. It's the way they play.

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"For long periods of the season, we haven't been good enough".

"I trust in my work, that is for sure - I have no reason not to trust", he said.

"I didn't see it coming, it was a dismal, a weak day for United", said the former right-back on Monday Night Football.

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But a first Premier League title, to go with the three La Liga titles he won as manager of Barcelona and the three Bundesliga titles he delivered for Bayern Munich, will be particularly satisfying.

United have scored a full 30 goals fewer than City this season and Mourinho has not managed to get his side to click, despite being able to bring on further talent such as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.

It is a risky game for a manager to play when he openly questions the quality or commitment of his players, but it is a myth to suggest that the best managers are too smart to deploy that tactic.

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