Manchester City Win Premier League Title

West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez celebrates and Jose Mourinho

West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez celebrates and Jose Mourinho

Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions on April 15, 2018 as Manchester United crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat against West Bromwich Albion.

City's status as champions was confirmed thanks to Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

Jay Rodriguez headed in a 73rd-minute winning goal to seal only a second win since August and allow City to clinch the title without kicking a ball.

The first real scoring chance of the game fell to West Brom in the 12 minute when Jake Livermore broke into the box, but he was thwarted by David de Gea from close range.

And perhaps one image from the game symbolises why the West Brom board would be mad to press ahead with their plans to snub Moore and look elsewhere. Their goal difference is 31 inferior to Pep Guardiola's team and the final twist in the story of a one-sided title race counts as a humiliation for a club with their haughty ambitions.

United's comeback at the Etihad from a 2-0 half-time deficit offered their supporters a rare fillip of flair and excitement after a hard season where their style of play has hardly endeared Jose Mourinho to the club's fanbase.

Ultimately, Rodriguez was the saviour for West Brom, and the title-clincher for City.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "I won eight titles and I am not on the moon because I won against Manchester City". We were a complicated team and let them feel comfortable.

Some players think it is stylish football, ' he said. "One more touch to control the ball, one more flick, one more trick".

"I'm proud for players and staff and way they have acquitted themselves today".

"After last week we wanted to keep going with the same spirit".

Manchester City fans celebrate at Wembley Stadium during their 3-1 victory over Spurs.

"Too high because when you win a match that gives you nothing, it just gives you three points, but you react in a way that it looks like you won something really important, you pay the price".

Postgame, Manchester City had a subtle dig at their red rivals by claiming "Our time".

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

"I don't know if I was the first or second or third but I congratulate them face to face when I had the chance", said Mourinho.

More importantly, though, it means Pep Guardiola's City team can not now be caught at the top of the table, thus handing the Catalan coach his first Premier League crown in just his second year in English football.

And while the outright record for the earliest Premier League finish slipped through their fingers, the club's campaign still ranks among the most successful in the league's history.