Man United loses to West Brom, gifts EPL title to Man City

Jose Mourinho explains why Eric Bailly is missing from squad to face West Brom

Jose Mourinho explains why Eric Bailly is missing from squad to face West Brom

It is City's third title in seven seasons and their first since former boss Manuel Pellegrini achieved the feat in 2013-14. "City won the title because they won more points than us, you are not going to say that they won because we gave them the title. that's not fair to them", Mourinho said.

"We're all winners and we want to win and in those games unfortunately we didn't".

'City were the best team, sooner or later they would get the points, so no dramas when the best team wins the league'.

This result will not have any significant effect on the league table beyond placing the title in City's hands. "I have no reason not to - eight titles and three Premier Leagues and the last Premier League was not 20 years ago".

"After beating Manchester City we wanted a winning spirit until the end of the season but today was one of those days".

What would have been most disappointing for the Old Trafford outfit is the fact that it was them that handed their "noisy neighbours" the title instead of making them wait even longer for it.

A 16-point lead with five games to play and 93 goals scored represents an emphatic response, not that any doubts ever existed inside the City dressing room.

Inevitably, it will be the failures of this City team that will irritate Guardiola and his players, at the same time offering the critics the opportunity to find fault.

Asked if he was frustrated because City won the title on the back of United's loss, the Portuguese said, "I have won titles, I would not be happy if someone said I won title because someone lost a match".

Guardiola, who failed to land a trophy in his first season in charge at The Etihad, opened his account by winning the League Cup in February against Arsenal.

City had registered a 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley on Saturday. The defensive department, in particular, might be in need of a reshuffle with the likes Vincent Kompany already into the final stage of his career.

It has been a foregone conclusion for months, but with Sunday's shock defeat to last-place West Bromwich Albion, it is official: the race for second is on for Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho's side had kept the title race just about alive with a dramatic 3-2 derby win in their previous game, but a dismal performance against the league's bottom club means they can not now finish higher than second place.

He said: "Probably because I have won eight championships I was not over the moon with the victory against them, because that doesn't make me feel super happy".

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