Man United suffer shock loss to West Brom, hand title to City


Manchester United slumped to a 1-0 defeat to relegation battlers West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday.

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

The United manager said: "I knew that sooner or later that (they) would be (champions) and if I was in their position I would be very upset if somebody said that they won the title because Manchester United lost against West Bromwich Albion". After Paul Pogba drew a comfortable save out of Foster with a tame strike from distance on seven minutes, the visitors created two good chances. The victory over United was the Baggies' first league triumph on the road since August.

In the post-match conference, Jose Mourinho was angry with his side, and also stated that City deserved to win the title not because United lost on the night, but due to the overall scenario. United are banned from doing anything but losing at Stamford Bridge under the unwritten law which also forbids United to do anything other than get hammered when they play Tottenham away, one the Reds have faithfully abided by in recent seasons, including this January.

Peter Odemwingie has suggested that he still believes that West Bromwich Albion could pull off a "miracle" and survive in the Premier League.

Juan Mata has challenged Manchester United to salvage their season with a runner-up finish in the Premier League and FA Cup glory. "We're going to Shrewsbury", they sang early in the game. "We did not deserve to lose, but we gave them opportunity to win the match".

"It hurts [for Manchester City to win the title]".

"In my experience you don't win titles with inconsistency, you win titles with quality but you win titles with consistency at every level. Everything was complicated. Players they didn't want to or couldn't play simple", Mourinho told SkyTV afterwards.

There's considerable patience among United fans and Mourinho is still backed by the vast majority, but he asked to be judged after three years and it's not unfair to judge him, his team and his players after 150 games.

Guardiola might not have seen Jay Rodriguez's 73rd-minute winning goal at Old Trafford because he was playing golf with his son instead of watching the match. "They won the title because they were the best team". "It's a massive achievement for the players, the city and the fans".

The Spain worldwide told MUTV in the wake of a disappointing home reversal against West Brom which gifted the Premier League crown to City: "Second position was not done before the game".