Manchester United legend Dwight Yorke insists there is “no way” Manchester City’s title success is a fair reflection of the difference between the teams.
City finished with a record-breaking 100 points in 2017/18, with their 19-point gap to second-place United being the biggest there has been between champions and runners-up in the Premier League era.
Although the Reds fell short, Jose Mourinho’s men finished up on 81 points, one more than their tally from the historic treble-winning campaign of 1998/99.
Yorke, who was part of the treble-winning side, believes United’s results against their biggest rivals shows we’re a force again under Mourinho.
“There is no way Manchester City are 19 points better than this United team. This is a very good side that Jose Mourinho has assembled,” he told The Sun.
“The proof has been there with victories over Tottenham at Wembley, the comeback against City in the derby and home wins over both Chelsea and Liverpool.
“The away win at Arsenal was a cracker, too. You cannot tell me those were not top performances.
“But you can never take your opponent for granted and I think the manager has seen performance levels drop based on the opposition at times this season.
“There is no lack of ability in this team. You look at [Romelu] Lukaku, [Marcus] Rashford, [Alexis] Sanchez, [Jesse] Lingard, [Paul] Pogba, [Juan] Mata, these are all great players. They just need to get that mentality right for every game.
“United have gone from sixth to second and are now in a third major final in two seasons. Mourinho has got the club going in the right direction again. Wembley will provide another example of that.”
United’s season concludes with an FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday.
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