Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Manchester City win English Premier League

Manchester City win English Premier League

Winning the title with five matches to go makes City the joint earliest champions in the Premier League era - matching the achievement of the 2000-01 Manchester United team.

But, just a week after spoiling City's title party by beating their local rivals 3-2 at the Etihad, the way United abjectly gifted the title to their neighbours will sting.

Soon after United " s defeat on Sunday, the City website tweeted: "Our Time.

To come through the other side of a tough week in such fashion was a big tick for City, who won at Wembley thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling.

"We've won the league for you, Man City, Man City", West Brom's fans chanted after the final whistle.

The midfielder netted twice in the second half to help inspire Mourinho's men to a brilliant comeback win.

For the first 72 minutes of the game, West Brom looked resigned to be relegated as they sat back against United and offered little going forward.

"Champions! What a great feeling!" Vincent Kompany did, with images showing the City captain celebrating at his in-laws' house where he was having dinner.

The Baggies are sitting at the base of the English Premier League table standings and will find it hard to stop a Manchester United side that is pushing to finish second in the league this year. They are presently on 71 points with five matches remaining.

Mourinho himself noted his team tried to be too fancy, telling Sky Sports, "I think we were deservedly punished because we were masters in complication". Everything was complicated, players they didn't want to play simple. There was no fluidity.

'I don't think we deserved to lose, but we gave them the opportunity to win the match by being solid in defence and sniffing a chance in attack'.

The midfielder has endured a hard season, being dropped for a couple of games at the turn of the year as Mourinho aired complaints over his performances.

"I trust in my work, that is for sure, I have no reason not to trust". This is not good enough considering the amount of money which has been invested at Old Trafford in the last couple of years.

He is the first Spanish manager to win the Premier League title - a prize he says is the hardest to claim in Europe. I believe in myself.

"You win titles with consistency at every level, not just the performance level but the mental level and the day by day. The mental level, day by day".

In order to prevent City from being crowned champions for a few more days, United had to avoid defeat against bottom club Albion at Old Trafford.

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