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Manchester City Are Premier League Champions After Shock United Defeat To West Brom

Bottom of the table West Brom were as high as 14/1 to win at Old Trafford and hand the title to the Sky Blues in the other half of Manchester.

The equation was simple for Jose Mourinho’s side on Sunday after Manchester City’s 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur – win, or suffer the ignominy of enabling their derby rival’s coronation. While United avoided doing so in more direct fashion by defeating City last weekend, today’s loss puts the exclamation point on a disappointing season, with a semi-final FA Cup tie with Spurs the only opportunity left for silverware.

West Brom’s last win came against Liverpool in the FA Cup way back on the 27th of January, with their last league win coming earlier that month. With the Baggies’ relegation fate sealed, they parted company with manager Alan Pardew earlier this month. Caretaker boss Darren Moore was brought in to see them through the procession of finishing 20th in the Premier League, but today sees the West Midlands side leave their mark on the league before departing it.

While United had the majority of the possession in today’s encounter, they, not for the first time this season, failed to capitalise on the pressure they created. Indeed, West Brom arguably had the better chances in a forgettable first half.

The second half was much of the same, with West Brom’s chances keeping United honest despite the run of play going against them. The 73rd minute saw a corner from Chris Brunt seemingly reach Craig Dawson, but it was actually United’s Nemanja Matic who headed the ball into the path of Jay Rodriguez, who fired home from close range.

Rodriguez has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons as of late, but this, his third goal in his last four league appearances, made the difference on a day which sees Manchester City win their third Premier League crown.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.