Manchester City crowned Premier League champions after shock United defeat

Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion and teammate Ahmed El Sayed Hegazi look dejected afterthe Premier League match between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion at Bet365 Stadium on December

5 - City match the English top-flight record by claiming the title with five games to spare, equalling the efforts of United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85).

The match had looked on course to end in a stalmate, with top-drawer saves from David De Gea and Ben Foster the highlights before Rodriguez's goal from a corner handed a third Premier League crown to City.

Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young continue at full back, while Chris Smalling is partnered by Victor Lindelof in defence.

He said: "I don't know if I was the first or if I was the second or the third, but I congratulated them face-to-face when I had the chance to do it".

Pogba's form, particularly since the January signing of Alexis Sanchez, has been one of the fascinating sub-plots of United's season with the player reportedly unhappy at the defensive responsibilities he has been asked to perform.

United produced a subdued performance against the Baggies and were beaten by a 73rd-minute header from Jay Rodriguez.

City need just nine points from their final games to set a new record for most Premier League points, while another 11 goals would see them set a new goal-scoring record. At last, Manchester City's players can enjoy a serene Premier League title triumph.

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Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Manchester City as they were confirmed as Premier League champions following a Manchester United defeat.

Former England global Gary Lineker, who now work as a television presenter, tweeted: "Congratulations to @ManCity on winning the Premier League title".

Will Lukaku get some joy against his former side?

The Belgian was on target for the Red Devils when they beat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns earlier in the ongoing campaign and will once again be hoping to make an impact and add more goals to his tally of 26 for the season.

"You can't take them for granted - I've been lucky to win three but there have been so many I've missed as well", said Kompany.

Nothing is going the Baggies' way and they are a side in total disarray at the moment with confidence levels in the team low as the prospect of relegation looms larger with each passing day. "We did not deserve to lose, we gave them opportunity to win the match".

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