Manchester City wins English Premier League title after rivals Manchester United stumble

Basement side West Brom have 21 points from 33 games and have lost eight of their last 10 matches but Mourinho said United had to remain cautious with their opponents desperate to secure points in a bid to ensure top-flight survival.

More importantly, though, it means Pep Guardiola's City team can not now be caught at the top of the table, thus handing the Catalan coach his first Premier League crown in just his second year in English football. "Premier League Champions 17/18", City tweeted soon after the final whistle.

"I trust in my work, that is for sure - I have no reason not to trust", he said.

Mourinho lambasted his players for over-elaborating in possession, calling them "masters of complication", after they produced a performance completely at odds with the stirring second-half showing in their 3-2 title-delaying victory against City last week.

A 73rd-minute header from Jay Rodriguez after United had failed to defend a corner won the game for relegation-threatened West Brom and Mourinho said his team had not played the simple football he expects.

It is ironic that United came back from 2-0 down against City themselves last weekend to win 3-2 and delay City's party, only to surrender so tamely on home soil. The United side of 2000-01 and Everton's 1984-85 team also won the title with five games to spare.

Juan Mata echoed comments from Mourinho, accepting United were far below the required standard in defeat to West Brom.

United's comeback at the Etihad from a 2-0 half-time deficit offered their supporters a rare fillip of flair and excitement after a hard season where their style of play has hardly endeared Jose Mourinho to the club's fanbase.

Manchester United's Paul Pogba goes for the ball against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Speaking after the win over Tottenham, Guardiola admitted winning the title in England would be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career. "One of the things we have to improve is consistency".

But realistically, every person in that tight corridor outside the Old Trafford dressing room knew City had effectively taken a huge step towards the title that day.

"I'm not going to stand here and say we didn't deserve what happened", he added.

"I may be the first one thinking about next season".