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The football world reacts as Man City win the Premier League

Pep Guardiola GETTY Pep Guardiola has had a week from hell at Man City
Rita Gibson | 17 April, 2018, 11:40

But Raheem Sterling scrambled in a 97th-minute victor and, though the England forward was sent off in the celebrations that followed, it proved to be a launchpad for a special season for both Sterling and City.

Only a West Brom win at Old Trafford could secure the championship for Pep Guardiola's side this weekend, but a close-range header from Jay Rodriguez in the second half proved enough to end United's slim hopes.

Better still, they swept opponents aside with style and swagger, scoring 93 league goals so far (United have 63).

He would have been as surprised as everyone else that the title, seemingly a foregone conclusion for months, was rubber-stamped in such odd circumstances.

"My team-mates will roll their eyes as I want to see the reaction from us next season as I've never been able to retain a title".

With five games to go City, who beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, have 87 points to the 71 of second-placed United.

It was a result that saw City move back to the top of the table, but more crucially it was a significant result and performance at the home of the club that had dominated the Premier League the previous season.

More comfortable playing at Highbury where their swashbuckling football often caught overconfident teams on the break, Arsenal come out and play for the visit of City.

Not only that but he did it with five games remaining, equalling the English top-flight record of United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85).

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He scored the go-ahead goal in the second period after being held scoreless over the first two games of the series in Boston. That kinda spam-posting gets you banned if you're online, and is considered just plain unlucky if you're wearing knife-shoes.

The Premier League's record points tally of 95, set by Chelsea in 2004-05, is within City's reach if they can take nine from their last fixtures.

Paul had said that Michael Carrick told him to make more runs forward as no one would be willing to deal with him in the box in terms of the opposition players.

Carrick has only played four times this season.

Mourinho added: "We have a big game next weekend in the FA Cup against Spurs, but our focus has to be on three points in a hard game against a team fighting for Premier League survival".

City skipper Vincent Kompany has now won three Premier League titles since joining 10 years ago.

The signings David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal made were not Man United signings. van Gaal did well to win the FA Cup but United were deteriorating in the league.

"We were masters in complication, everything was complicated", Mourinho told Sky Sports. "You can't describe it".

"I had a feeling when I woke up this morning but it's a different experience when you're waiting for a team to lose".

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