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Manchester City Crowned Premier League Champions As United Suffers Home Defeat

Manchester City Crowned Premier League Champions As United Suffers Home Defeat

Not only that, but Guardiola did it with five games remaining, equalling the English top-flight record of United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85).

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted his players paid the price for their sluggish play in their shock 1-0 home defeat against West Bromwich Albion, which confirmed Manchester City's Premier League title in turn.

And then came the sucker punch - a 72nd-minute corner was inexplicably headed back across goal by Nemanja Matic, and there was the unmarked Rodriguez to head home.

"We've won the league for you, Man City, Man City", West Brom's fans chanted after the final whistle.

United beat City to stall their title celebrations last week, coming from two goals down to win 3-2 at the Etihad. The last Premier League was not 20 years ago, it was three.

City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday.

Mourinho said: "We were masters in complicated football, everything was complicated". I'm sorry, it's much more important what these guys have done this season. His vast experience coupled with his ability to lead the defensive charge makes him one of the most sought-after centre-backs in the Premier League.




"I said they would win it sooner or later because they are the best team and if it wasn't today it would have been the next weekend". You have to be consistent at every level, not just the performance level.

The defeat took City to 16 points clear of United.

City captain Vincent Kompany, however, wants his team to now defend the title and win it again next year. "Hopefully we can celebrate with our fans against Swansea [next weekend] and be champions because they deserve it".

Cristiano Ronaldo, Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney formed a lethal attacking trio, with Ronaldo virtually unstoppable as he scored 31 league goals en route to winning the Ballon d'Or. The goalkeeper has shown that he possesses the quality to play in the top flight, making four saves to deny Manchester United a point.

An 18-match winning run from late August to late December laid City's platform for the runaway title victory, and it was only a matter of when it would be clinched.

Following the 20-time English champions shock defeat at home, the Portuguese tactician revealed he trusts in his ability to lead sides to Premier League glory but maintained it can not be achieved without consistent efforts from the team.


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