Man City crowned champions after United defeat

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

West Brom's caretaker manager Darren Moore spoke to reporters after his side's superb 1-0 win against Manchester United yesterday, and disagreed with Jose Mourinho's claim that the visitor's only real threat was from set plays, as quoted by the Express & Star.

Tottenham's Ben Davies blocks a shot from Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.

They clinched the silverware 24 hours later thanks to Albion forward Jay Rodriguez's 73rd minute header at Old Trafford.

The Baggies can acquire a maximum of 36 points with four games left in the campaign, but their fixture list is the toughest of the lot with matches against Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United - all of whom are in good vein of form. Mourinho has not delivered the Premier League title in his second season in charge, and the failure to progress to the FA Cup final is likely to increase the negativity around the Portuguese's managerial position.

Manchester City's swaggering march to the title has seen Pep Guardiola's side hailed as one of the finest teams in the Premier League era. Winning titles in every league is important, with Barcelona was special.

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

And it was achieved by playing a brand of football that has had the purists purring all season with City racking up 93 goals so far and on course to top the 100-point barrier.

"In general open play we had a couple of chances", he said.

"These players deserve all my respect because they have been unbelievable all season. But the Premier League is one of the nicest and most important". It is City's fifth top-flight title in their history.

"It's the same feeling as the first time", the 32-year-old Belgium global, who unlike his manager did watch the game, told Sky Sports.

Captain Vincent Kompany, Kyle Walker, Fabian Delph, John Stones and Bernardo Silva were among those who sang City songs with fans at a pub near Hale station in Altrincham.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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