But, just a week after spoiling City's title party by beating their local rivals 3-2 at the Etihad, the way United abjectly gifted the title to their neighbours will sting. "Now we can move on and I can just carry on working hard for the team".
"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", said Mourinho. "Everything was complicated", he said after the match.
"Second position was not done before the game", Mata told United's website. City's noisy celebrations in the dressing room after the game irked Mourinho and his side, prompting an altercation between a small number of players and staff.
"I trust in my work, that's for sure", said Mourinho.
Understandably delighted with his third Premier League title as a City player, he spoke to Kyle Walker and Kevin De Bruyne on the phone, too. They lost only two matches, that is why they were champions.
Guardiola failed to win a trophy during his first season in English football but has now added the Premier League to the EFL Cup crown collected against Arsenal in February.
Speaking after the win over Tottenham, Guardiola admitted winning the title in England would be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career. "Probably because I won eight championships I was not over the moon with the victory against them (City) because that doesn't make me feel super happy".
West Brom's victor arrived in the 73rd minute when Chris Brunt's corner was nodded back into the danger area by Nemanja Matic, under pressure from Craig Dawson, and Rodriguez stooped to head beyond David de Gea. "The amount of goals, chances and points, to do that in the Premier League, with the contenders we have, is because the players are so good".
City could still finish the season with the most points, goals and wins from a single Premier League campaign. "Everything was slow. Everyone was one more touch, one more trick, one more flick, one more turn".
But Raheem Sterling scrambled in a 97th-minute victor, and although the England forward was sent off in the celebrations that followed, it proved to be a launchpad for a special season for both Sterling and City.