Mourinho slams United as they hand title to City

Mourinho slams United as they hand title to City

The Baggies stunned the Red Devils courtesy of an opportunistic second half goal from striker Jay Rodriguez, thus confirming Manchester City's status as Premier League champions.

However, City are now 16 points clear of second-placed United, meaning a defeat for Jose Mourinho's men at Old Trafford against a West Brom side on the brink of relegation kick-off is at 1500 GMT would wrap up a third title in seven seasons.

Jay Rodriguez's second-half victor meant City securing the league title with five games to spare.

"I'm not trying to explain anything here, or to make an excuse, I just want to keep this weekly meeting with you, although in days like this one it's complicated".

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"We've won you the league, Manchester City, we've won you the league", sang West Brom's fans near the end of the game.

But a first Premier League title, to go with the three La Liga titles he won as manager of Barcelona and the three Bundesliga titles he delivered for Bayern Munich, will be particularly satisfying. "Eight titles are eight titles and three Premier Leagues are three Premier Leagues", he said.

He remains optimistic that West Brom can put together an impressive string of results: "If we focus all of our energy on the next match I'm sure the results will take care of themselves", he said. "I knew that sooner or later that would be, and if I was in their position I would be very upset (if) someone said they won the league because Man United lost against West Bromwich Albion".

"I had a feeling when I woke up this morning", Kompany said.

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City did not lose a game until January - against Liverpool - and drew just twice until that memorable clash at Anfield, while smashing five past Liverpool at the Etihad early in the season, as they stunned opposition, supporters and critics alike with their performances.

"But it is not about us and them, I think it is about the six teams".

"We played a bad game this Sunday".

A draw in that game would effectively confirm City as champions as well it would leave United 15 points behind with five games remaining, while Guardiola's side also boast a far superior goal difference. Six years later, the finale was much more underwhelming, with Rodriguez nodding in from a corner to silence the majority of Old Trafford and set up one of the most surprising wins of the season.

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