Jay Rodriguez scored a shock winner at Old Trafford as West Brom rubber-stamped Manchester City’s Premier League title success with a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.
The unexpected defeat to the bottom side meant Jose Mourinho’s second-placed United were mathematically unable to catch the runaway leaders.
Prior to Rodriguez’s 73rd-minute header, United had the better of the chances with Ben Foster saving from Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera having a strong penalty appeal turned down but the hosts were below par.
City will get most of the headlines. United will get the rest. But Darren Moore certainly deserves a mention. Terrific result and excellent game plan.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) April 15, 2018
In what was a largely subdued affair, the West Brom striker showed great willingness and popped up to grab the winning goal. He rarely stopped running throughout the game and was eager to get stuck into tackles. He earned his reward.
The goal that will have been celebrated wildly on the blue side of Manchester came with 17 minutes remaining as Chris Brunt swung in a corner. Craig Dawson did not win his header but Rodriguez was in the right place at the right time to head past David de Gea.
There was a lack of tension in the atmosphere, with United supporters seemingly accepting there is little left for them to play for this season and West Brom fans apparently resigned to relegation. The visiting supporters, at least, showed commendable good humour. “Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be. We’re going to Shrewsbury,” they sang early in the game. They may accept the drop is coming, but they enjoyed their day. “Man City, we won you the league,” they chanted on their way out.
Manchester United: David de Gea 6 (out of 10), Antonio Valencia 6, Chris Smalling 6, Victor Lindelof 6, Ashley Young 6, Paul Pogba 6, Ander Herrera 6, Nemanja Matic 5, Juan Mata 6, Alexis Sanchez 5, Romelu Lukaku 5. Subs: Jesse Lingard (for Herrera, 45) 5, Anthony Martial (for Pogba, 58) 5, Marcus Rashford (for Young, 75) 5.
West Brom: Ben Foster 7, Allan Nyom 6, Craig Dawson 6, Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi 6, Kieran Gibbs 6, Matt Phillips 6, Jake Livermore 6, Chris Brunt 6, James McClean 6, Salomon Rondon 6, Jay Rodriguez 7. Subs: Grzegorz Krychowiak (for Phillips, 77) 5, Daniel Sturridge (for Rondon, 85) 5, Claudio Yacob (for Brunt, 90) 5.
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