Manchester City confirmed as champions as rivals United lose

Manchester City confirmed as champions as rivals United lose

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Manchester City after his side's shock defeat to Championship-bound West Brom handed their rivals the Premier League title.

After resilient defence, West Brom delivered the blow on United in the 72nd minute of the game to silence the entire Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola is just the third manager to win the top-flight title in England and at least two of the other big five European leagues, after Carlo Ancelotti (3) and Jose Mourinho (2).

City had won nine consecutive league matches, a club record for a single season, to open up an eight-point lead at the top.

It's been nearly inevitable for the whole of 2018 but Manchester City have today sealed the Premier League title without even kicking a ball on Sunday afternoon.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba received a yellow card for a Diego Maradona-esque hand ball during the first-half of United's Premier League visit of West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

United's comeback at the Etihad from a 2-0 half-time deficit offered their supporters a rare fillip of flair and excitement after a hard season where their style of play has hardly endeared Jose Mourinho to the club's fanbase. I'm sorry, it's much more important what these guys have done this season.


"We didn't want [to play] or couldn't play simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn".

This is Mourinho's second season at Old Trafford and he insisted that his impressive managerial record - at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid - shouldn't be forgotten.

He said: "There's players all over the world Portugal, Spain - you name it - wherever".

After spending time on the bench in March, Pogba scored twice in the second half to help United rally to a 3-2 win and deny City the title for the time being.

"I trust in my work, that is for sure - I have no reason not to trust", he said. This league title is for you too! We always gave them the opportunity to be solid, compact in the low block with strong physical players. "Manchester City, we won it for you" chanted West Brom fans at full-time as United supporters began jeering in frustration at their side gift-wrapping the title for City. 'We were masters in complication.

"The mental level, the day by day, everything must be consistent until the last day so one of the things we have to improve is consistency", he said.

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