United loses to West Brom 1-0, gifts EPL ti­tle to Man City

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

MANCH­ESTER, Eng­land — Manch­ester United gifted the Pre­mier League ti­tle to fierce ri­val Manch­ester City in im­prob­a­ble fash­ion by los­ing 1-0 to last-place West Bromwich Al­bion on Sun­day.

A week af­ter pre­vent­ing its neigh­bors from clinch­ing the ti­tle in front of their own fans by ral­ly­ing from 2-0 down to win 3-2, United de­liv­ered a sim­i­larly un­likely re­sult as man­ager­less West Brom pulled off one of the shocks of the sea­son.

Jay Ro­driguez headed in a 73rd-minute win­ning goal to seal only a sec­ond win since Au­gust and al­low City to clinch the ti­tle with­out kick­ing a ball.

City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola might have rubbed his eyes in disbelief at events at Old Traf­ford when he re­turned from his round of golf with his son. His de­ci­sion to forego the match looked jus­ti­fied con­sid­er­ing West Brom’s dread­ful form, but the vis­i­tors eas­ily coped with United’s pon­der­ous at­tacks and looked dan­ger­ous go­ing for­ward.

West Brom is still nine points from safety and looks des­tined for rel­e­ga­tion. United is now just one point above third-place Liver­pool.

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