Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

English Premier League Report, Manchester United v West Brom, 15 April

English Premier League Report, Manchester United v West Brom, 15 April

"I have no reason not to trust - eight titles are eight titles and three Premier Leagues are three Premier Leagues".

But instead of capitulating as the final whistle neared, like they have done so many times this season, Albion held firm and kept United's glittering and expensively-assembled team of stars out.

As City wrapped up the Premier League without having to kick a ball, here are five things we learned. Was this really the team who won 3-2 at City in one of the season's great comebacks? Where Pogba was playing, the atmosphere of the stadium, the team, it's so weird from what we saw from that team a week ago.

Darren Moore has taken two matches to equal Alan Pardew's total number of Premier League wins (one in 18 games) as West Brom manager.

And perhaps one image from the game symbolises why the West Brom board would be mad to press ahead with their plans to snub Moore and look elsewhere.

And while the outright record for the earliest Premier League finish slipped through their fingers, the club's campaign still ranks among the most successful in the league's history.

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De Blasis eventually added a second goal for the hosts late in the game following a mistake by Freiburg keeper Alexander Schwolow. It was not related to the penalty decision but instead a protest against Bundesliga fixtures being played on Monday nights.

United simply had to avoid defeat to keep the title race mathematically alive, but a late header from Jay Rodriguez gave West Brom a hugely surprising three points and finally gave their fans something to cheer this season.

Perhaps the only comfort for United supporters is that City were denied the kind of thrilling champagne moment that fans crave. Thousands of people had gone before the end. "Our City." West Brom went with a simple "You're welcome". As it is, they can still be relegated next weekend and their victory will be remembered as an nearly freakish result from an otherwise wretched season.

Jose Mourinho said: "It was a bad reaction after the City victory, the effect of that is complicated football".

United's insipid half was then summed up when Paul Pogba received a yellow card for inexplicably trying to convert a deep cross with his hand.

Following the win, West Brom occupy the last league spot with 24 points and are set to face Mohamed Salah's Liverpool on the 21st of April. Unfortunately, when a player with his uncommon ability can play so listlessly he is not in any position to preach.

Mourinho, though, was quick to dampen talk that United had handed the title to City, insisting it is their dominance over the season that secured their coronation.

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