United suffer shock loss to West Brom, hand title to City

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Guardiola, speaking after Saturday's 3-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley, declared his own satisfaction at the superb efforts of his squad this term.

City chief executive officer Ferran Soriano added: "Winning the Premier League again is a great honour for Manchester City".

West Brom were rock bottom of the Premier League, 12 points off safety with five games to go before the match against Manchester United. They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points. "We depend on us", he told the BBC.

Jose Mourinho only mentioned that he'd won eight championships and three Premier League titles six times in his post-match press conference.

Mata knows how significant it could be if this year's team win the trophy in the coming weeks, even if Spurs represent hard opponents at Wembley. "We deserve to be punished but the defeat was too heavy".

Well, quite astonishingly, United became just the fourth team to taste defeat to the Baggies in the league this season, surrendering 1-0 at Old Trafford.

As already mentioned, City are now 16 points clear of United, meaning they could yet break the record for biggest margin of victory.

"You do not win titles with inconsistency, you win with quality".

"We were masters in complication".

"We didn't want or played simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn". Previous times, we almost threw it away and that was a feature of every season we won it.

Mourinho has often bristled at criticism of his United side this season and he challenged detractors of him and his team to give credit following an impressive run of wins that includes Premier League triumphs over Chelsea, Liverpool and City.

He had gone 21 club games without a goal before his two against Manchester City; had he been a little more prolific, then perhaps the Premier League title race would have been significantly closer.

He is keen to focus on ensuring that last weekend's superb comeback against City does not curdle into complacency against West Brom. Their best chance of the second half was a header by Romelu Lukaku, which was well saved by Foster.

A serial victor as a manager with Barcelona and Bayern, 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.

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