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Champs Man City among Premier League's greatest teams

16 April 2018

"They lost only two matches because they were the best team".

It is ironic that United came back from 2-0 down against City themselves last weekend to win 3-2 and delay City's party, only to surrender so tamely on home soil.

And they can thank fierce rival Manchester United for that.

That delay, however, lasted only one week after Manchester United (22-5-6) were indifferent offensively in a stunning 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford to the Baggies that marked just their second defeat at home to a last-place team in the Premier League era.

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions today after West Brom's victory over Manchester United gave City a 16 point cushion over United and thus made it mathematically impossible for them to be caught with just five league games remaining.

Jay Rodriguez bundled home the victor on a scramble off a corner kick in the 73rd minute, but for long portions of the match, United looked to be the same listless side with the ball that got predecessor Louis Van Gaal sacked before Mourinho took over ahead of the 2016-17 season.

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

"I'm not trying to explain anything here, or to make an excuse, I just want to keep this weekly meeting with you, although in days like this one it's complicated".

Mourinho claimed afterwards that he had not been happy after the City result because he knew they would win the league regardless and he accused some of his players of getting carried away.

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The Premier League's record points tally of 95, set by Chelsea in 2004-05, is within City's reach if they can take nine from their last fixtures.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has blamed his players' poor attitude for Manchester City's title win.

'We were masters in complication. We're still super happy but theres is so much to do before we unlock our full potential.

An 18-match winning run from late August to late December laid the platform for the runaway title victory, and it was only a matter of when it would be clinched.

Few - including Guardiola - expected it to happen on Sunday.

United pushed numbers forward in the closing stages, but Foster never really looked in danger of being tested again as United succumbed to a defeat that was celebrated by the blue half of Manchester with even more vigour than usual.

With five games to go City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, have 87 points to the 71 of second-placed United.

Mourinho was hardly effusive in his praise when asked about City's success, but did concede they deserved to be champions.

Champs Man City among Premier League's greatest teams