Gift-wrapped: Man City champions as United crash on Guardiola golf day

Paola Ditto
Aprile 16, 2018

Mourinho and United nonetheless has an opportunity of profitable a trophy this season - the FA Cup - and on Saturday face Spurs at Wembley stadium within the semifinals of the event.

Manchester United handed the Premier League title to Manchester City on Sunday after a woeful performance in a surprise 1-0 defeat at home by bottom club West Bromwich Albion.

It was City's third title in seven seasons - and fifth in its history - and easily its most convincing, with Pep Guardiola's team 16 points clear with five games remaining.

Only a West Brom win at Old Trafford could secure the championship for Pep Guardiola's side this weekend, but a close-range header from Jay Rodriguez in the second half proved enough to end United's slim hopes. "In that semi-final, they are having one day extra to us to recover so I need also to think about that".

But the United boss was full of praise for Pogba's second-half display against City and said that he doesn't expect goals every week, but he does want more consistency. Everyone was one more touch, one more trick, one more flick, one more turn'.

"When someone is champions they deserve people to say that and I'm not going to come with excuses, like I didn't after we beat them", he said.

The good news for United is it would take a near-complete collapse in the final five league matches to not return to the Champions League next season. The league leaders, in particular, did show a keen interest in the services of Jonny Evans, who was deemed as a backup for veteran defender Vincent Kompany before they signed Aymeric Laporte earlier this year.

Some pundits are already ranking City - who at one stage this season won a record 18 successive league games - alongside Manchester United's 1999 treble winners and the 2003-04 Arsenal "Invincibles".

Mourinho was less than thrilled with midfielder Paul Pogba's performance, removing him before the hour for Anthony Martial under the guise of making sure the France global did not pick up a second yellow card.

West Brom are still nine points from safety and look destined for relegation. Liverpool are second, on 78. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.

"We have been masters in complication, all the things was hard", Mourinho advised Sky Sports.

Increasingly poor conditions and a general lack of thrust continued to inhibit both sides, but United did force Foster into wonderfully save on 66 minutes when he tipped a Lukaku effort around the post.

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