West Brom hand title to Manchester City

West Brom hand title to Manchester City

United's strong recent form sees them take on West Bromwich Albion on Sunday looking for an eighth consecutive domestic victory and has raised optimism among supporters over their prospects for next season.

"Manchester City, we won it for you" chanted the West Brom fans at the end of a match greeted by jeers by the home faithful.

If United loses to West Brom, City officially clinches the title, so United will want to deny them glory for another week.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young continue at full back, while Chris Smalling is partnered by Victor Lindelof in defence. Both full-backs will need to be more proactive in their attacking play down the wings.

A serial victor as a manager with Barcelona and Barcelona, Guardiola ended his first year in England at City without silverware - his only failure to win a trophy since his managerial career started back in 2007.

United dominated possession early on, but despite the efforts of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, precious little real impact was made by the home side.

West Brom will be missing the services of midfielders Gareth Barry (knee) and James Morrison (calf), both of whom are ruled out for the rest of the season.

Rodriguez scores the winning goal. Image PA Images
Rodriguez scores the winning goal. Image PA Images

Jay Rodriguez proved to be the most unlikely of title-deciders when he stooped low to head the Baggies in front on 73 minutes.

Of course they could have wrapped up the title last weekend when they faced their rivals in the Manchester derby at the Etihad and at 2-0 up in the first half they really should have done so, to rub salt in the Red Devils' wounds.

Following the win, West Brom occupy the last league spot with 24 points and are set to face Mohamed Salah's Liverpool on the 21st of April.

Manchester United have only ever lost one Premier League game at Old Trafford to a side that began the day bottom of the table, to Blackburn in December 2011.

The 2012 title win had the infamous last-gasp goal by Sergio Aguero.

"As soon as the game is finished on a Saturday it's back to the family, and that's what's most important to me". They have been the best team during the season and the distance of points at the end of the season will be the outcome of that superiority that they showed.

"That's why winning next week, hopefully we will, it will remain in our hearts forever".


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