Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mata throws fresh challenge at Man United after title loss

Mata throws fresh challenge at Man United after title loss

City clinched the title without even playing yesterday, when United, their nearest challenger, surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to last-place West Bromwich Albion.

City could have made history and sealed the earliest Premier League title by beating United on 7 April at Etihad Stadium, but let slip a 2-0 halftime lead to lose 3-2. They may have blown it in the Champions League and last week against Manchester United but it was fitting that they won the title on the back of a strong performance against Tottenham away.

West Brom caretaker boss Darren Moore isn't thinking about the fulltime job, despite their shock win at Manchester United.

But Jay Rodriguez's 73rd minute header gave West Brom a stunning victory after they arrived at Old Trafford having lost nine of their previous 10 games.

18 United should have a penalty when Ander Herrera goes down in the box under Craig Dawson's challenge but for some reason referee Paul Tierney says no.

United have 71 also with five to play.

Mourinho, though, was quick to dampen talk that United had handed the title to City, insisting it is their dominance over the season that secured their coronation.

"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated".

He said: "We've got faith in one another, the players, the staff. Things have gone a bit by the wayside this year".

'I saw lots of people in the moon because we won against City.

Against West Brom, however, it was down to the home side to set the pace in front of their own fans, to establish a dominant pattern in the game.

Mourinho's side twice came close through Romelu Lukaku but they scarcely threatened the Baggies over the course of a turgid 90 minutes.

"I won eight titles and I'm not in the moon because I won against Manchester City, a match that is just three points", he added. Now they were wandering around like zombies, drenched in a Mancunian downpour, losing against the worst team in the league.

"Everyone stuck together", Rodriguez told Sky Sports News. "Today was a very bad day and we need to move on". "The amount of goals, chances and points, to do that in the Premier League, with the contenders we have, is because the players are so good".

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.

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