Jose Mourinho turns ideas to subsequent season as he successfully concedes title

Burnley fought valiantly to share points with runaway English Premier League leaders, Manchester City in the match played today at Turf Moor.

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

"There are 13 games, 39 points to play, we are 15 ahead, It's not over", he told his own pre-match news conference, held shortly after Mourinho's. We have to avoid fouls, control the second balls and long balls to [Ashley] Barnes and [Sam] Vokes.

Romelu Lukaku forced another save from Lloris early in the second half and the Belgian's effort turned out to be the closest United would come to scoring.

"We're doing better than last season and it's very important for us to do better than last season", he added. "It Is very important to do better than last season and try to win something, and if not do better".

Meanwhile, Mourinho has played down any suggestion that he was unhappy with his club's record signing Paul Pogba during the midweek defeat at Tottenham, with the United manager substituting the French global after barely an hour.

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Consequently, Guardiola named only six subsititutes out of a possible seven, leaving them short-staffed when they needed a goal late in the game.

The goal proved out to be the last of the game as Burnley continued to dominate in the concluding minutes of the game and didn't give any chance to City from there to score as the visitors went back with just one point. Chelsea are reigning champions and have had a fantastic market, Liverpool is a great team, Arsenal improved a lot in the market, Tottenham is a fantastic team and they are five points behind us.

"We created some chances in an incredible manner but we probably ran out of steam because we kept trying and trying and trying, and in the end, we got punished". I think it's a joke, an absolute joke. Gabriel Jesus needs a further four to five weeks "rest" according to Guardiola following a knee injury suffered in December, whilst Leroy Sane faces six weeks out.

With Michael Carrick set to retire, losing Marouane Fellaini could be bad news for Jose Mourinho, as they failed to bolster their midfield in the January transfer window.

Toure left Guardiola's Barcelona to join City in 2010 and has been one of the most influential players in the club's modern history, scoring in Wembley final wins over Stoke City and Sunderland and serving as a star performer in the Premier League title triumphs of 2011-12 and 2013-14.

  • Tabitha Byrd