United hand title to City

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

The Citizens were crowned champions for the third time in six years on Sunday afternoon without kicking a ball thanks to Manchester United's defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion. City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham Saturday.

City manager Pep Guardiola is the first Spaniard to win the English title. However, they were gifted the title prematurely after United's humiliating defeat to West Brom on Sunday.

After their limp Champions League exit against Liverpool, a City collapse against Tottenham would have had the critics carping that Guardiola has no Plan B when things go wrong.

But the Catalan produced the flawless counter by introducing Nicolas Otamendi as a second-half substitute to tighten up the City defence.

Manchester City have won a total of 28 games this season, leaving them just two away from Chelsea's record of 30.

Winning the title by two points from Chelsea, in the Champions League United saw off Barcelona in the semi-finals and, in the final, beat Chelsea on penalties in the Moscow rain.

Arsenal 2003/04
Arsenal 2003/04

West Brom hadn't won in the Premier League since January, losing nine of their last 10 league games to slip to the brink of relegation.

But Jose Mourinho's men still ended up handing the trophy to City with a lacklustre display against bottom of the table Albion, who had won only three times in the league this season before this weekend. "I've won three now but there's so many we've missed".

"It's one of the best [achievements] by far but I will not say because I win titles in every league and the first title in each country is important".

However, in just eight minutes a 2-0 lead over Chelsea evaporated into a 3-2 defeat. With just five games remaining, they will surely smash the 100-barrier?.

"After that, in a competition like the Champions League, with decisions and good opponents happen in both games we can not complete closely against Liverpool but for the rest of the season, even the game against Wigan with 10 against 11 we were outstanding".

All of their prolific front three were on target as Mohamed Salah took his tally for the season to 40 - becoming only the third Liverpool player ever to reach that mark. That was also the year when Ian Rush scored a staggering 47 goals for the club. Preston won 42 successive games in 1887-88 and, during the following season, the "Invincibles" also completed the double by winning the FA Cup without conceding a single goal. They saved the best for last, with substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scoring in stoppage time to stun Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Barcelona.