They Get There And How Unlikely Was That?

Last updated : 16 April 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City have been confirmed as 2017/18 Premier League champions after Manchester United lost at home to West Brom.

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The Citizens put themselves on the brink of title glory with Saturday's 3-1 victory at Tottenham and United's failure to take points off the bottom side on Sunday left City beyond mathematical reach.

Jay Rodriguez headed the only goal of a dull contest at Old Trafford 18 minutes from time, handing the Baggies an unlikely victory. The result leaves City 16 points clear at the top with five games remaining and on a total of 87. The most United can now reach is 86.

By completing the job after 33 games, City have emulated the achievement of United, who secured the crown with the same number of matches to spare in 2001.

City would have won the title with a record six games to go had they beaten United in last weekend's Manchester City derby at the Etihad Stadium, but they surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2.

With that loss coming between two defeats to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals, City endured a rare indifferent spell, but, after returning to form against Spurs at Wembley, celebrations were delayed by just one week.