Juan Mata: 'There can be no excuses for West Bromwich Albion loss'

Juan Mata: 'There can be no excuses for West Bromwich Albion loss'

Mourinho's second-placed United slipped to a shock 1-0 loss to bottom side West Brom on Sunday, a result that put runaway leaders City out of reach.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "I knew that sooner or later they would be champions and if I was in their position I would be very upset if somebody said that they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Bromwich Albion".

Pep Guardiola's side are once again on the brink of securing the title after an impressive performance in beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

West Brom's official Twitter account tweeted you're welcome to Manchester City, while its fans at Old Trafford sang: We've won you the league, Manchester City, we've won you the league.

Defeat for the Red Devils meant Man City were crowned the Premier League champions.

Mourinho acknowledged that "City were the best team" in the Premier League, telling the BBC: "Sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league".

But thanks to Rodriguez and an incredible Ben Foster save from a Romelu Lukaku header, City finish the day 16 points clear of their local rivals with only 15 points left to play for.

Guardiola has won titles with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, while also conquering the Champions League during his Camp Nou reign.

City captain Vincent Kompany said: "It's the same feeling as the first time and you can't describe it".

It is City's fifth English top-flight title, their last Premier League triumph having come in the 2013-14 season. With the manager unable to get any kind of momentum going with his side, it is hard to imagine another 2005 situation when the Midlands club managed arguably the greatest escape from the drop in a Premier League season.

"I think United will win". I'm not sure the man himself could quite believe it.

West Brom now move to within nine points of safety, although they must face Liverpool, Tottenham and fellow relegation battlers Crystal Palace in their final four matches of the campaign. 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.

However, they were gifted the title prematurely after United's humiliating defeat to West Brom on Sunday. A United victory on Sunday afternoon would keep City's champagne on ice for a few more days at least.