Man City confirmed as champions after Baggies shock United

Carrie Guzman
April 16, 2018

Jose Mourinho applauded Manchester City's Premier League title success, but lambasted Manchester United after West Bromwich Albion's shock 1-0 win on Sunday.

Jay Rodriguez headed home to secure rock-bottom West Brom a win at Old Trafford that was as remarkable as it had looked unlikely.

Mourinho said the attitude of his players had changed following their victory over Manchester City last weekend.

City manager Pep Guardiola might have rubbed his eyes in disbelief at events at Old Trafford when he returned from his round of golf with his son.

Only two other players have captained more Premier League title winners - Chelsea's John Terry (five titles) and Manchester United's former captain Roy Keane (four).

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.

And there was controversy after the game when City and United players clashed in the changing rooms which led to a now infamous tunnel melee.

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.

Everything was complicated, they couldn't play simple, everything was one more touch, one more flick, one more turn, the ball lost.

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Guardiola's men opened the scoring on 22 minutes when Gabriel Jesus scored following a long pass from Vincent Kompany . City's celebrations were barely over by the time they were 2-0 up just three minutes later.


United knew heading into this game that if they were to lose, their near neighbours Manchester City would officially become champions of the 2017/18 Premier League.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinhosaid: I think we were deservedly punished.

Having put title celebrations on ice at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a stunning 3-2 win over City last week, United folded at the hands of the relegation-threatened Baggies.

United should have had a first-half penalty after Craig Dawson caught Ander Herrera, but complacency seeped in and West Brom showed fight under caretaker boss Darren Moore that has been sorely lacking this season.

"I trust in my work, that is for sure".

Speaking after the win over Tottenham, Guardiola admitted winning the title in England would be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career.

"That's the reason why they were champions and probably because I won eight championships I was not in the moon [sic] with the victory against them [last week] because that doesn't make me feel super happy".

"The mental level, the day by day, everything must be consistent until the last day so one of the things we have to improve is consistency".

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