Manchester City's Premier League title: Five key wins en route to glory

Manchester City's Premier League title: Five key wins en route to glory

Manchester United handed the Premier League crown to arch-rivals Manchester City after they succumbed to a shock 1-0 home defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion.

But Jay Rodriguez's goal in the 73rd minute gave West Brom a glimmer of hope as they are now nine points off safety with 12 to play for.

It had been a traumatic week for City, who threw away a two-goal interval lead to lose 3-2 at home to United in the derby last weekend, missing the chance to become champions in front of their own fans at the Etihad Stadium.

The £89.3million France midfielder has often fallen short of such billing since returning to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 but he turned last weekend's match against Manchester City on its head with a quick-fire second-half brace before the Red Devils closed out a stunning 3-2 comeback win. "I have never retained a title so I want to see if this team's got it to carry on and be even more successful". They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points.

He also conceded it was sweet to triumph in a country where some critics claimed his purist principles couldn't flourish.

City manager Pep Guardiola might have missed one of the proudest moments of his career, however, after admitting on Saturday that he had a round of golf booked with his son and was not planning to watch United's game.

"Probably because I won eight championships I was not on the moon with the victory against them because that doesn't make me feel super-happy".

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Guardiola's lot also joined Sir Alex Ferguson's United from the 2000-01 season as the only Premier League sides to secure England's top prize with five matches remaining. I have been lucky to win three but so many I have missed as well.

"It's incredible the way we played and I am so glad to be here and be part of this club", he said on the club's website.

A week after City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to United and squander the chance to wrap up the title in ideal style against their arch-rivals, it was relegation-bound West Brom who served it up on a plate.

'When somebody is champion they deserve to be champions.

The Special One stated: "I'll tell you what I told him after the match - I don't expect you to be man of the match every week, I don't expect you to score two goals every week".

"We had a game plan to keep tight because we know how good they are and their players".

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