United postponed City's parade with a 3-2 comeback victory at the Etihad last weekend, but couldn't delay the inevitable any longer.
"They won the title because they are the best team". I think with my experience you don't win titles with inconsistency.
"I know them, I smile".
Few United players could hold their head high after the West Brom defeat.
'We were deservedly punished, ' Mourinho said.
At Old Trafford, the players were equally impressive with just one-third of the possession, and the late Jay Rodriguez goal has ensured that they are still mathematically in the running to save their Premier League status.
After starting the title party with his Mancunian wife and his United-supporting father-in-law, City captain Vincent Kompany joined team-mates to raise a glass to their success.
"You win titles with consistency at every level, not just the performance level but the mental level and the day by day".
"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", said Mourinho. The City man has received criticism all season, despite the improvement in his play and also has to constantly endure the boos whenever he returns to Anfield.
A 16-point lead with five games to play and 93 goals scored represents an emphatic response, not that any doubts ever existed inside the City dressing room. It's good for the Premier League as well.
The Portuguese gaffer revealed what he told Pogba after the derby win: "I told Paul after the City game I don't expect him to be man of the match every week". Everything was complicated, players they didn't want to play simple.
902 - The number of passes completed in a one-sided 1-0 victory over Chelsea in March represented a new benchmark since Opta began recording the data in 2003-04.
A serial victor as a manager with Barcelona and Bayern, Guardiola ended his first year in England at City without silverware - his only failure to win a trophy since his managerial career started back in 2007.