Manchester City confirmed as champions as rivals United lose


Manchester City confirmed as champions as rivals United lose

But a first Premier League title, to go with the three La Liga titles he won as manager of Barcelona and the three Bundesliga titles he delivered for Bayern Munich, will be particularly satisfying. Combining speed, guile, power and more speed, it has blown away opponents and redefined what anyone thought was possible in the English game.

It is the team's first league title since 2014.

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. They were unbeaten in the Premier League until January 14, when Liverpool ended that wonderful run at Anfield.

"We've won the league for you, Man City, Man City", West Brom's fans chanted after the final whistle.

The 2012 title win had the infamous last-gasp goal by Sergio Aguero.

But Jose Mourinho's men still ended up handing the trophy to City with a lacklustre display against bottom of the table Albion, who had won only three times in the league this season before this weekend. "The amount of goals, chances and points, to do that in the Premier League, with the contenders we have, is because the players are so good".

City captain Vincent Kompany said: "It's the same feeling as the first time and you can't describe it".

Word quickly got around through social media and City fans queued outside a venue still advertising United's televised clash with the Baggies in a bid to join fellow supporters inside, where the players were seen belting out Oasis' Wonderwall and being serenaded by supporters expressing their delight and gratitude.

The Brazilian's long-range passing to launch City on the counter-attack and beat any high press employed by opponents has been a regular feature of the season, adding another weapon to City's frightening attacking arsenal.

"It shows how football is in Manchester".

"He unlocks everything but when you think about it he did much, much better than last season and that was important".

Hit the video at the top of the story for a look back at City's title-winning campaign.

'We needed a period of adaptation...his methods were the right ones, we believed in him.

"I noticed within the first month that if I'd met him at 18 or 20 [years old] then I would've been the ideal player for him", Kompany said.

Thierry Henry: I am not surprised with what Pep has done in this league and a year ago, I was one of the people saying stop having a go at the man because that's how he plays.

The 32-year-old who has been nominated for this year's PFA Player of the Year was holding his child while wearing a hospital gown in the photo.