'We're battling to be first of the last' - Mourinho concedes title defeat

'We're battling to be first of the last' - Mourinho concedes title defeat

José Mourinho has conceded the title to Manchester City for the first time, the manager stating Manchester United must now strive to be the "first of the last" this season.

Guardiola's Manchester City hold a 15-point lead over Mourinho's Manchester United, who are their nearest challengers after 25 games.

Mourinho told a news conference on Friday: "We need points to be the first of the last".

"Then we must try to start next season in a good way, like we did this season, but try to be consistent and try not to lose points like we did this season in some matches where we shouldn't". It is open for second, third, fourth but practically closed for the first.

It will be the second consecutive season City have travelled to the United States under Guardiola, who was pleased with the facilities Stateside a year ago.

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A week after City had brushed Stoke aside 7-2 and four days after they'd beaten a strong Napoli side in the UEFA Champions League, Burnley frustrated City in a closer encounter than the score-line suggested back in October.

He said: "Yaya helped us a lot last season but this season he has played less".

"If you tell me all the six want to be champion so the other five have failed. We have games against Arsenal, Tottenham, United, Chelsea.it's definitely not over".

"I think it's a different thing now - you collect the top players in, if not the world, then Europe, mould them into a team", Dyche explained.

Mourinho was talking ahead of the home Premier League meeting with Huddersfield, where United will mark the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster that falls on Tuesday. Last season he was so important for us. City may be missing a few star names, and they would have loved to have added another attacking player in the transfer window, but their squad is easily strong enough to cope.

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Mourinho offered an update on the injured Marouane Fellaini, Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He replied: "No, I don't think so".

The Clarets have suffered a major setback as midfielder Steven Defour, who had been a permanent fixture in the starting XI, has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Manchester City are heading to NY this summer as part of their pre-season tour of America.

With over three months of the 2017/18 season still left to play and Guardiola's men hoping to win a historic quadruple, not many fans will be thinking about a summer vacation to the US just yet.

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