The hosts threw everything at West Brom in the closing stages, but were unable to find a breakthrough that would have delayed City's title confirmation until at least Wednesday when United take on Bournemouth.
MANCHESTER, England-Manchester City won the Premier League title without even playing on Sunday when nearest challenger Manchester United surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to last-place West Bromwich Albion.
The win was West Brom's first since a 2-0 success over Brighton on 12 January and only their fourth all season.
In that match, Mourinho's side produced a poor first-half display before they rallied to deny City what would have been the sweetest of coronations as champions. "Man City, we won you the league", they chanted on their way out.
After eight games City were alone at the top, rapidly establishing a five-point gap, followed by eight and then 15 points after 15 games. De Bruyne's opener and an Aguero penalty put City in command and although Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back for Arsenal, Jesus wrapped up the points from close-range. "Masters of complication - we complicated our football since the beginning and gave West Bromwich Albion the chance to feel quite comfortable in their football".
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Ultimately, Rodriguez was the savior for West Brom - and the title-clincher for City.
Try as he might, he couldn't replicate his well-headed goal from last week, despite two great chances identical to it in the dying moments.
United manager Jose Mourinho had long given up hopes of winning the title, instead focusing on finishing second.
United's defenders are clearly good enough to have the club finish in the top two, or three.
For all the expensive arrivals at Old Trafford over the past year, the gap never closed. "The big players you realise (who they are) in the bad moments, the bad moments in terms of 75 minutes, (if) we are losing, how you react in that situation". In the 18th minute, Craig Dawson took down Ander Herrera in the box. Those post-Ferguson results against this very opponent reveal something concerning about the general attitude of most of these players - the players who have been there throughout and the players who have adopted that general attitude that coasting is acceptable.
Defeat can then be accepted, it can be more palatable, because freak results happen sometimes in football.