Manchester City crowned Premier League champions as West Brom defeat Manchester United

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2018

Jay Rodriguez secured rock-bottom West Brom a win at Manchester United that was as remarkable as it had looked unlikely.

On Sunday, Man United could hammer another nail in the Baggies' Premier League coffin, given their 12-point gap from safety, when the two lock horns at Old Trafford.

It is no less than swashbuckling Pep Guardiola's side deserve - but the City boss will no doubt have rubbed his eyes in disbelief at events at Old Trafford when he returned from his round of golf.

United have no fresh injury concerns with Sergio Romero the only significant absentee as the goalkeeper continues to nurse a knee injury that he sustained on worldwide duty last month.

Who will come out on top in the battle of the managers José Mourinho or Darren Moore?

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, Mourinho told a journalist that he only needs four points to stay second and the derby win against Manchester City last week should set their hopes on course.

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While still nine points from safety, it was an incredible end to a match that had started with Livermore showing composure that belied his role as a midfield enforcer as he cut away from Victor Lindelof to be denied by David De Gea.

Eight minutes later, United managed their first real foray into the box when Romelu Lukaku found himself in space 16-yards out, but his stinging shot was brilliantly saved by Ben Foster.

Jay Rodriguez headed the only goal of a tiresome contest at Old Trafford 18 minutes from time, handing the Baggies an unlikely victory.

Herrera had a penalty appeal waved away after seemingly being tripped by Craig Dawson, while Lukaku's powerful drive from Juan Mata's through ball was kept out by the face of Foster.

United were made to pay for their missed opportunities 13 minutes from time when West Brom took the lead after Jay Rodriguez headed home from a few feet out after getting on the end of a mistake from Nemanja Matic from a corner-kick, 1-0. Chris Smalling had an attempt as the clock wound down and the full-time whistle saw City crowned champions.

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