West Brom stun Manchester United to hand Manchester City the title

Carrie Guzman
April 17, 2018

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.

Manchester City could be confirmed as Premier League champions without playing on Sunday, but only if rivals Manchester United suffer a shock defeat at home to bottom club West Bromwich Albion. We could not play fast, we could not think fast, everything was complicated.

'Everything was slow. Everyone was one more touch, one more trick, one more flick, one more turn. We gave them the opportunity to win.

"City won the title because they won more points than everyone else, not tell City they won the title because United did not win, it is not fair to them".

It caps a remarkable Premier League season that has seen City lose just twice thus far and win 28 of their 33 matches with a record-breaking run of 18 successive victories between August and December.

"We've won the league for you, Man City, Man City", West Brom's fans chanted after the final whistle.

"City won the title because they won more points than everyone else, they were the best team". The team was surprisingly eliminated from the Champions League contention in the quarterfinals against Liverpool, following well short of the ultimate goal of conquering a European title.

Manchester City crowned Premier League Champions following Man United defeat
As a result, we at the Hard Tackle predict a 2-0 win for the home team at Old Trafford this Sunday. City's captain Vincent Kompany told Sky Sports: You can't describe the feeling.

And what must be said is a big thank you to West Brom for beating United and confirming the blues as champions.

Whether they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Manchester United's 1999 treble winners or the 2004 Arsenal "Invincibles" is up for debate. "I am delighted to have the chance to win in front of our people".

"I trust in my work, that is for sure, I have no reason not to trust".

The £89.3million France midfielder has often fallen short of such billing since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 but he turned last weekend's match against Manchester City on its head with a quick-fire second-half brace before the Red Devils closed out a stunning 3-2 comeback win.

'Everybody will try to improve - like we did from last season. Eight titles. Three Premier League.

I won titles. I wouldn't be happy if somebody tells that I won the title because somebody lost a match.

"I don't know if I was the first or second or third but I congratulated them face to face when I had the chance", Mourinho said. With just five games remaining, they will surely smash the 100-barrier?.

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