Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Manchester City clinch title as Red Devils crash to West Brom

Kristopher Love | 16 April, 2018, 19:20

A week after an inspiring comeback win against Manchester City, Manchester United fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford against bottom club West Bromwich Albion yesterday and manager Jose Mourinho said such inconsistency needed to change if they were to challenge their neighbours next season. Both Pogba and Sanchez appeared to occupy a similar position on the left side of the pitch, and this appeared to hamper the former, who often requires space to thrive.

The Baggies remain nine points from safety with just four games to go.

"Maybe also City will invest massively and they don't let the others close the gap to them, I don't know", said Mourinho.

"They lost only two matches because they were the best team". The victory over United was the Baggies' first league triumph on the road since August.

United's loss at Old Trafford meant that City were crowned Premier League champions, as they are now 16 points clear of Mourinho's side with only five games remaining.

Manchester United are bound to be linked with a host of players in the coming weeks and months as the summer transfer window gives Mourinho the chance to significantly bolster his squad.

It's the third Premier League success for the club after the titles won in 2012 under Roberto Mancini and 2014 under Manuel Pellegrini with captain Vincent Kompany, David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure involved in all of them.

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. "Don't say City won the title because United did not win, it is not fair on them", he said.

"We didn't want [to play] or couldn't play simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn".

"I think we share one thing maybe, the hunger and desire to never be satisfied", said Kompany.

West Brom had Ben Foster to thank for two fine saves from Romelu Lukaku either side of half-time before Jay Rodriguez scored the victor 18 minutes from time.

Manchester City fans celebrate at Wembley Stadium during their 3-1 victory over Spurs.

United's poor performance in front of their fans was in stark opposite to the last weekend's win at the Etihad. "Premier League Champions 17/18", City tweeted soon after the final whistle.

The form has been good in 2018 and the team already have more points than in any season post 2013, but we all know that's not how United will be judged.