Manchester City clinches 2017-18 Premier League title

Darren Moore has challenged his players to cause an upset at Old Trafford     
  
 
      
         
              Darren Moore has challenged his players to cause an upset

Manchester United suffered an embarrassing 1-0 defeat at home to West Brom this evening to hand their arch-rivals the league title.

But with City so far clear at the top of the table it was a question of when and not if their coronation would be confirmed, especially after a 3-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday put them on the brink.

However, the Red Devils handed the title to City in tame fashion eight days later after Jay Rodriguez clinched a rare victory for the rock-bottom Baggies with his 73rd-minute header.

City had previously won an FA Cup, two league Cups, FA Community Shield, and two Premier League titles since the take-over of the influential and affluent United Arab Group in 2008.

On April 7, City played United and leading 2-0 at halftime had looked on course to claim the title.

With 33 games played, City have won an impressive 28, with three draws and just two defeats.

Former Manchester City defender Andy Hinchcliffe on Sky Sports: They have been the dominant force this season and, with the style in which they play, they are the best side the Premier League I have seen.

A serial victor as a manager with Barcelona and Barcelona, Guardiola ended his first year in England at City without silverware - his only failure to win a trophy since his managerial career started back in 2007.

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City captain Vincent Kompany led the celebrations, tweeting: "Champions!"

"Champions! What a great feeling!"

City could yet finish the season with the most points, goals and wins from a single Premier League campaign.

Former England global Gary Lineker, who now work as a television presenter, tweeted: "Congratulations to @ManCity on winning the Premier League title".

Guardiola is the first Spanish manager to win the Premier League, while City also tied United's record by winning the competition with five games to spare. I wouldn't be happy if someone says that I won the title because somebody loses a match. We always gave them the opportunity to be solid, compact in the low block with strong physical players.

United manager Jose Mourinho had long given up hopes of winning the title, instead focusing on finishing second.

If Moore was able to coax such a performance out of these players, then what could he, or an alternative choice, have done with more time?

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