In a match that can keep United within a mathematical chance of finishing top of the Premier League – although nearly impossible – a defeat against West Brom would mean City finally clinch the Premier League trophy with five games spare.
Jose Mourinho’s men had deliciously put the brakes on Manchester City’s crowning as the 2017/18 Premier League champions last Saturday at the Etihad Stadium but, against the nearly doomed Albion, they handed the title to the Blues, with Jay Rodriguez scoring the victor.
Their fans, who had celebrated the comeback victory at the Etihad last week, booed Jose Mourinho’s side off the field after they lost to a team who had not won since January.
With United eight points adrift of the leaders before kick-off, City dominated from start to finish to leave their bitter rivals trailing in their wake.
“I have won titles”.
But a United defeat against Bournemouth in midweek or a City win over Swansea City next Sunday would wrap up the silverware.
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. “We deserve to be punished”.
The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table and four points ahead of Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur.
“We did it! An incredible journey to get here”.
“I had a feeling when I woke up this morning”, Kompany said.
The 2012 title win had the infamous last-gasp goal by Sergio Aguero.
“This one differs in that we were consistent the whole season and we were able to play at the level we’re expected to perform at”. “Very happy to call us champions this year”.
It is City’s third title in seven seasons and a first under the Spaniard in his second campaign in charge.
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The notion of anything resembling an actual “race” for the Premier League title has always been abandoned due to City’s relentless form, but things could have been different back in December. They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points. “The important thing is to have the chance to win at home”.