Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after shock United defeat

  • Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after shock United defeat

Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after shock United defeat

Evans, who is now contracted to West Bromwich Albion until June 2019, could make his comeback from a knee injury on Sunday when the Baggies make the trip north to face ex-club Manchester United at Old Trafford.

City, who beat Tottenham 3-1 on Saturday, were all set to be crowned champions if United lost at Old Trafford against West Brom.

Fans who have been starved of cheer left celebrating a win to cherish as Rodriguez headed home for West Brom, with United's 1-0 defeat seeing City seal the title without kicking a ball.

It is Pep Guardiola's first title as manager and the club's third of the Premier League era after their 28th victory of the season against Tottenham on Saturday meant United had to avoid defeat at Old Trafford, live on Sky Sports.

But the Spaniard believes leading City to the title would rank among his finest moments.

"In the first half I felt I had to bring one player with more dynamic, more of a runner, touch the ball in spaces, I had to make a decision of one midfield player, then after that I wanted more width and Paul had a yellow card and before the substitute he had a situtation where you never know with referees". Physicality, weather conditions, the amount of games. Eight titles. Three Premier League.

And that was also the case on Sunday, as United failed to spark the imagination in any tangible way even though they were playing a side that had hadn't won in the league since January. Most notably, Lukaku scored a hat-trick in his final appearance for the Midlands club in an eventful 5-5 draw against United, in Sir Alex Ferguson's last game in charge of the Reds.

Guardiola might not have seen Jay Rodriguez's 73rd-minute winning goal at Old Trafford because he was due to be playing golf with his son instead of watching the match.

Guardiola's team has lost only two league games this season and if they win their remaining five games would end the campaign with 102 points. "We depend on us", he told the BBC. I'm a very family-orientated person anyway. At last, Manchester City's players can enjoy a serene Premier League title triumph.

"People said it was a big failure last week". The skipper has missed the previous three league games for the bottom side. The league is nine months. Both full-backs will need to be more proactive in their attacking play down the wings.