City moved within three points of securing Premier League glory on Saturday night as Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling’s goals claimed a 3-1 win over Tottenham.And they would have been hoping to wrap it up next Sunday when they take on relegation-threatened Swansea, with United having been expected to steamroll bottom-of-the-table West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
United failed to make a breakthrough against the Baggies at Old Trafford though and they counted the cost when Jay Rodriguez nodded a winner for the visitors in the second half.United’s defeat means Manchester City have an unnassailable lead at the top of the Premier League and Pep Guardiola’s men have been crowned champions as a result.City have the opportunity to break the 100-point barrier with five games to come against Swansea, West Ham, Huddersfield, Brighton and Southampton.
“Come on City! Champions! I’m buzzing, over the moon, so happy and proud to be able to share this with all of our fans, everybody who’s been there to support us especially in this last week as many know it’s been very difficult but at the same time we’ve bounced back, we’re champions now and thank you to all of you. It’s an incredible season.”
Kompany also revealed that many of City’s players are out of the country after being allowed a three-day break in the wake of the win over Tottenham.“Yes, there’s players all over the world Portugal, Spain – you name it – wherever,” he added. “We didn’t expect this, we’ve been Facetiming, talking on the chat and everyone is in touch and as much as we’re far away from each other at this moment in time, we are still very close, and we will somehow spend the night celebrating together.”
The irony of United handing the title to City on Sunday will not be lost on the Old Trafford or Etihad faithfuls given goings-on in the Manchester Derby last Saturday.City had the opportunity to secure Premier League glory at the Etihad had they beaten United and went 2-0 up via Gundogan and Vincent Kompany’s goals.