Soccer-Manchester City win Premier League title as rivals United lose

West Brom, the last place team who is bound for relegation, got some late season happiness by beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Jay Rodriguez scored the only goal after 73 minutes of uninspired football, and that was enough to bring the title fight to an end.

Reaction from United's humiliation against West Brom.

Remained an attacking threat, but didn't prove to be enough.

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.

Much to everyone's surprise, he was the best defender for his side, but all in vain. He can rightly claim to have progressed the club but two years in, he does have the responsibility of eradicating that mentality.

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

United was too narrow and predictable, with wide players Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata constantly cutting inside and leaving the midfield congested. Of their five remaining matches, no team is currently higher than 13th in the table.

United's best chance of the game was a Romelu Lukaku header, which was superbly saved by Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Two shots, both on target.

It will inevitably lead to more questions over whether Pogba and United are such a good fit, given the sense he has yet to fully display his ability on a consistent basis. Kevin De Bruyne discovered the form of his life, David Silva excelled and Sergio Aguero continued to score at a rate no other City striker has ever managed.

Had a clear chance at making something happen, but it was squandered away by Jesse Lingard.

Afterwards, Mourinho indicated that his players did not execute the game plan as he had hoped. City made the most of their numerical advantage, adding a second before the break through Gabriel Jesus, who netted again after the interval. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week.

On Saturday, City had convincingly beaten Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 and manager Pep Guardiola said he was going to play golf with his son rather than watch United play West Brom.

'WE DESERVED TO BE PUNISHED' "I think we were deservedly punished because we were masters in complication".

It was a defensive error that saw them lose at Newcastle and the goal conceded today would not have been conceded by any of Jose Mourinho's prior teams.

"The feat was also achieved in the 1936-37, 1967-68, 2011-12 and 2013-14 campaigns". City defender Nicolas Otamendi was the unlikely match-winner early in the second half.

  • Ricardo Clara