Man United suffer shock loss to West Brom, hand title to City

Carrie Guzman
April 16, 2018

But, he need not to have anxious as West Brom's lone strike through a Jay Rodriguez's header from a Nemanja Matic's poor clearance in the United's vital area finally handed them their third title in seven years.

It is ironic that United came back from 2-0 down against City themselves last weekend to win 3-2 and delay City's party, only to surrender so tamely on home soil.

Juan Mata believes Manchester United still have lots to play for this season after Man City's Premier League title win was confirmed in the most disappointing of circumstances on Sunday.

With 87 points from 33 matches, City win their first Premier League title since 2013-14 under Manuel Pellegrini and their third since being bought by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.

United boss Jose Mourinho congratulated local rivals Manchester City for the title win, saying they were the best team. Everything was slow. Everyone was one more touch, one more trick, one more flick, one more turn. "Then the first time you lose one, you think you're never going to win another ever again", he told Sky Sports.

"Probably because I won eight championships I was not on the moon with the victory against them because that doesn't make me feel super-happy".

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They have equaled the record for quickest title success held by United's 2000-01 team, winning the league with five games remaining.

"In the end, if we analyse the game, they fully deserve the victory", he said. A 16-point lead with five games to play and 93 goals scored represents an emphatic response, not that any doubts ever existed inside the City dressing room.

"I know that you don't want to read anything after a defeat like this one, that any comments made after the game sound like hollow words", he wrote on his blog. You have to be consistent at every level, not just the performance level.

For most clubs this season, coming off the pitch second-best to City has been par for the course.

"We are a team that has already more points than last season, a team that's had brilliant matches and a team that showed character many times".

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