Manchester City clinches Premier League title after United's capitulation

Annette Crawford
April 17, 2018

A week after an inspiring comeback win against Manchester City, Manchester United fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford against bottom club West Bromwich Albion on Sunday and manager Jose Mourinho said such inconsistency needed to change if they were to challenge their neighbours next season.

The rest of the squad was spread out across Europe, and even beyond, on their day off after City's 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday night had left the league title agonizingly close.

The good news for United is it would take a near-complete collapse in the final five league matches to not return to the Champions League next season.

West Brom held on for a shock win that keeps their slim hopes of avoiding relegation alive while City were able to celebrate the first Premier League title of Pep Guardiola's reign. They are one point better than Liverpool, over whom they have a match in hand, for second and 11 points clear of fifth-place Chelsea. But when we do something positive, then also tell the truth.

Mourinho is quoted as saying by Metro: "I told Paul after the City game I don't expect him to be man of the match every week".

"So to come here and win in my first season, it's fantastic for me".

"If you ask me about respect, I say it is about honesty", he said.

On April 7, City played United and leading 2-0 at halftime had looked on course to claim the title.

"You do not win titles with inconsistency, you win with quality". 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. Everything was complicated. We couldn't think fast, we couldn't play fast. "The Premier League is so, so tough", Guardiola said.

Winning the title with five matches to go makes City the joint earliest champions in the Premier League era - matching the achievement of the 2000-01 Manchester United team.

Mourinho acknowledged that "City were the best team" in the Premier League, telling the BBC: "Sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league".

It is nearly certainly too little too late for West Brom, who look doomed to relegation.

In addition, based on three points for a win, City's now tally is the most by any side after 33 games of an English top-flight campaign.

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