Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Man United suffer shock loss to West Brom, hand title to City

Juan Mata has challenged Manchester United to salvage their season with a runner-up finish in the Premier League and FA Cup glory.

Pep Guardiola's side were crowned champions yesterday after United suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat at the hands of a rejuvenated West Brom. That euphoria has been erased by the West Brom defeat.

The United manager remains confident in his own ability but said his side must replicate City's consistency next season.

"We always gave them the opportunity to be solid, compact, together with huge physical strong players, they always had time to organise themselves".

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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.

His decision to forego the match looked justified considering West Brom's terrible form, but the visitors easily coped with United's ponderous attacks and looked risky going forward. However, their showing has relatively no positives with Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez struggling to replicate their recent performance.

"It is even more important for the next games and we know we have to compete until the last week". Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford need to be more consistent. But flooding his attack with players did nothing to alter their inability to open up a well-disciplined West Brom defence playing their second game under caretaker manager Darren Moore.

"In the first half I felt I had to bring one player with more dynamism and a player that runs more and has more touches of the ball", Mourinho said.

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"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", said Mourinho. "Man City, we won you the league", they chanted on their way out.

"With my experience you don't titles with inconsistency".

Peter Odemwingie has suggested that he still believes that West Bromwich Albion could pull off a "miracle" and survive in the Premier League.

"We couldn't play fast, we couldn't think fast, everything was complicated, " he said.

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"We didn't want or played simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn. City won the title because they won more points than everyone else, not tell City they won title because United did not win, it is not fair on them". It's already a scandal the world's biggest football club have only reached Europe's last eight once in the last seven years.

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