Manchester City confirmed champions as rivals, United lose at Old Trafford

A week later than it would have preferred, Manchester City was crowned Premier League champion yesterday as second-placed Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat by bottom club, West Bromwich Albion, reports Reuters.

United had to at least draw to keep the title race mathematically alive but they was stunned at Old Trafford when Rodriguez headed home after the break.

City manager, Pep Guardiola might have missed one of the proudest moments of his career, however, after admitting on Saturday that he had a round of golf booked with his son and was not planning to watch United’s game.

He would have been as surprised as everyone else that the title, seemingly a foregone conclusion for months, was rubber-stamped in such strange circumstances.

A week after City surrendered a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to United and squander the chance to wrap up the title in perfect style against their arch-rivals, it was relegation-bound West Brom who served it up on a plate.

West Brom had lost eight of their previous nine games and last won on Jan. 13.

“We’ve won the league for you, Man City, Man City,” West Brom’s fans chanted after the final whistle.