Manchester City confirmed as champions as rivals United lose

Florence Fletcher
April 16, 2018

After resilient defence, West Brom delivered the blow on United in the 72nd minute of the game to silence the entire Old Trafford.

But Jose Mourinho's men still ended up handing the trophy to City with a lacklustre display against bottom of the table Albion, who had won only three times in the league this season before this weekend.

The Frenchman was instrumental as United overcame a two-goal deficit to shock Pep Guardiola's side 3-2 at The Etihad Stadium.

City had won nine consecutive league matches, a club record for a single season, to open up an eight-point lead at the top.

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Mourinho tried his best to be magnanimous and cavalier about United's loss on Jay Rodriguez's rain-soaked diving header, but it definitely isn't carrying the right ring after the 1-0 loss clinched the Premier League title for City.

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Yet all that brilliance came after an opening 45 minutes that had been more typical of his club form this season; out of sorts, misplacing passes and lacking in verve. Everyone was one more touch, one more trick, one more flick, one more turn'.

"He annoys me, because I know he's capable of a hundred times more", said Christophe Dugarry, a striker in France's 1998 World Cup-winning side, this week.

Following the Manchester Derby, City were believed to be two wins away from the title with a victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday pushing them ever closer.

He added: "You can win the Champions League in seven games, the league is 10 months". It was supposed to be a game that would see City stumble again and perhaps suffer a fourth successive defeat, yet they did what all great teams do by winning and winning well.

United, sensing the impact of the result, threw everything forward but West Brom displayed some new-found defensive fortitude and held on for a famous victory. If you were a fan you would have been expecting far more. "One thing we have to improve is consistency".

"We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated", he said.

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