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Sloppy United were punished, says Jose Mourinho

Soggy bottom:
Mourinho in the rain
as his United team
went down to
defeat against
the league’s
basement boys

Manchester United 0—1 West Brom

JOSE MOURINHO branded his Manchester United side ‘masters in complication’ who were ‘deservedly punished’ by their surprise loss to West Brom yesterday.

Jay Rodriguez headed home to secure rock-bottom West Brom a win at Old Trafford that was as remarkable as it had looked unlikely.

An unimpressed United boss suggested some of his players got carried away by their 3-2 win over Manchester City last weekend and lost focus. ‘We were deservedly punished,’ he said. ‘We were masters in complication. Players didn’t play simple. Everyone was one more touch, one more trick, one more flick, one more turn.’

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Mourinho claimed he could tell in training his players had taken their eye off the ball after the City game, saying: ‘I know them, I smell, I’ve lots of experience and that’s not me because I won eight titles and I’m not on the moon because I won against City.

‘I saw lots of people on the moon because we won against Manchester City. During the week I was trying to fight that because I was feeling it.’

Mourinho revealed Paul Pogba’s booking contributed to his substitution, adding: ‘Paul had a yellow card and before that situation not for a second yellow but you never know. And Paul’s game was complicated like others, always one more touch.’

Winner: Rodriguez

Albion caretaker boss Darren Moore said: ‘There’s a wonderful belief in the club and I think we showed that. Things have gone a little by the wayside this year but it’s important to show that fighting spirit.’