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United crash to hand City the championship

17 April, 2018, 03:46 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • United crash to hand City the championship

Manchester City would have been crowned champion last weekend if they had beaten Jose Mourinho's men in the Manchester derby; but they blew off a two-goal lead and were beaten 3-2.

City, who rebounded from the United loss and a European exit at the hands of Liverpool by beating Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, have 87 points with five games left.

A week after preventing its neighbours from clinching the title in front of their own fans by rallying from 2-0 down to win 3-2, United delivered a similarly unlikely result as managerless West Brom pulled off one of the shocks of the season.

United simply had to avoid defeat to keep the title race mathematically alive, but a late header from Jay Rodriguez gave West Brom a hugely surprising three points and finally gave their fans something to cheer this season.

In situations such as these - with United being second in the table - Ferguson may have trusted his players to play with more freedom and blow West Brom away, which begs the question of whether Mourinho has the same faith in his squad to deliver.

City's victory means that none of the last nine Premier League champions have been able to defend their title.

Some players think it is stylish football, ' he said. I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against Manchester City, I was trying to fight that.

West Brom: Foster, Nyom, Dawson, Hegazi, Gibbs, Phillips (Krychowiak 77), Livermore, Brunt (Yacob 90), McClean, Rodriguez, Rondon (Sturridge 85).

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Mata sliced wide from just outside the penalty area before the ineffective Pogba was hauled off for Anthony Martial just before the hour in a desperate attempt to inject some spark into United's lifeless attack.

The Reds reacted quickly as they came close to opening the scoreline in the 19th minute after Juan Mata released Romelu Lukaku in the box, however, the Belgian's shot was saved by Ben Foster.

Because of goal difference, United realistically needed to win all of their six remaining games and hope City lost their last five matches.

And though Foster won't be at the World Cup in June, he could yet be in the Premier League with a new club next season. His players, in other words, have started choosing their games and, in the case of Paul Pogba in particular, it was not a surprise if Mourinho picked up the stench of complacency.

"To win against Manchester City was not a title for me, for me it was a good three points to try and finish second, top four at least".

"I have won titles, I would not be happy if someone say won title if someone lose a match".

"Everyone stuck together", Rodriguez told Sky Sports News.

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