Having missed the chance to land the trophy in last weekend's Manchester derby, City were crowned on their day off after Jose Mourinho's United side crashed to a shock defeat at the hands of bottom club West Brom. Mourinho claimed afterwards that he had not been happy after the City result because he knew they would win the league regardless and he accused some of his players of getting carried away.
West Brom had dropped 8 of the past nine matches and then last won on January 1-3.
"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", Mourinho told Sky Sports.
United was too narrow and predictable, with wide players Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata constantly cutting inside and leaving the midfield congested.
Mourinho said that kind of football meant United couldn't build a rhythm and make the game hard for West Brom.
But his best moment of the match came to stop Lukaku from opening the scoring after an hour, getting down low to push Lukaku's header wide of the goal and keep his side in the match.
"We didn't play simple, everything was slow, one more flick, trick, turn".
Chris Brunt's corner to the far post was headed back towards his own goal by Nemanja Matic under pressure from Dawson, with Rodriguez stealing in to head in from close range in the 73rd minute.
Caretaker boss Darren Moore is a popular figure at Albion and has quickly introduced the kind of togetherness and organisation so stark by its absence under Alan Pardew, who was sacked at the beginning of the month.
While still nine points from safety, it was an unbelievable end to a match that had started with Livermore showing composure that belied his role as a midfield enforcer as he cut away from Victor Lindelof to be denied by David De Gea.
Also it absolutely was attained by playing a brand of football that has got the purists purring all season with City racking up 93 aims thus significantly and on path to top the 100-point barrier. You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week. Eight titles. Three Premier League.
Fast-forward to Sunday April 15, 2018 and Guardiola's City side has achieved a domestic double, adding the Premier League to the League Cup they won in February.
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