English Premier League match report Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion 15 April 2018
Posted: 15 April 2018 Time: 18:37
Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion, handing cross-town rivals Manchester City the Premier League title.
Pep Guardiola's chargs needed one more win to secure the title following their 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, but United's loss to West Brom means they have now mathematically clinched the title.
Paul Pogba almost opened the scoring for the Red Devils in the eighth minute with a drive from 25-yards but the Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster smothered the strike.
Ten minutes later, Romelu Lukaku should have got the breakthrough for United after he was sent through on goal but Foster made a brilliant double save after also denying Alexis Sanchez with his legs from the rebound.
Jose Mourinho’s charges had the rhythm and tempo on their side after half-an-hour and looked increasingly dangerous whenever they were on attack.
Pogba tried to spectacularly break the deadlock six minutes before the break for the hosts with a strike from distance but could not find the target.
United were dominant in the closing minutes but could not get the breakthrough as the two sides went into the break goalless.
Mourinho’s men struggled to combine in first 10 minutes of the second stanza and needed to increase their tempo to create chances.
However, Lukaku came close to breaking the deadlock for United in the 68th minute after Nemanja Matic delivered a brilliant cross into the area but his header towards the bottom corner was kept out by Foster.
Jay Rodriguez found the net for the Baggies in the 73rd minute with a close-range header from a few yards out after Nemanja Matic headed the ball into his path following a corner, 0-1.
United pressurised West Brom with five minutes left to play but were struggling with the final ball in the last third.
The Baggies defended well in the closing minutes to claim the victory that hands Man City the title.