Manchester City locks up Premier League crown after Man United loss

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves the pitch after the final whistle of the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford Manchester England Sunday

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho leaves the pitch after the final whistle of the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford Manchester England Sunday

City equalled United's record of winning for the earliest title in Premier League history, for despite having five games left in the season, they are now 16 points clear of the Red Devils and thus, it is mathematically impossible for Jose Mourinho's men to overhaul them.

Firstly, he fulfils that ball-playing requirement that Guardiola demands from his keepers.

While City's eye-catching style of play has had the purists purring, Pep Guardiola's men also have a ruthless side that has served them well in their toughest tests.

Manchester City have been a cut above the rest all season, and now they are confirmed as the best team in the Premier League.

"You just want to hold on to the feeling".

Much of the blame for Guardiola's first-season struggles was pinned on a series of errors from Claudio Bravo, brought from Barcelona to replace the ostracised Joe Hart.

Manchester City may have only conceded one goal fewer than their fierce rivals from across town, but on the underlying numbers they have been vastly superior. The people can believe Manchester City is a good team and a good club.

Under Roberto Mancini in 2012 they clinched it with a last-gasp Sergio Aguero victor at Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season while in 2014 under Manuel Pellegrini it also went down to the wire.

One defensive area where they haven't excelled is Opta-defined errors.

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"You can't take it for granted".

There were a few United half-chances before half-time, while a Dawson header back across goal from a corner was begging to be turned in by West Brom. Liverpool have shown how to get at the champions, so it will be interesting to see who follows their lead next term. But it was the signings in areas City were falling short in, which have helped propel them from almost men into champions. Before you know it, it's gone.

Wherever you look, City have broken records or stand on the verge of creating another.

"One team was dominant in Germany and one had Messi, but we are nothing without the team". The England global has provided six Premier League assists, compared to two from Kolarov, Clichy and Zabaleta combined last campaign.

The only team who could possibly argue to have been superior in that time is Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea champions.

And the 32-year-old has claimed that there is even more to come from this Man City side under Guardiola.

"He is young and has to improve a lot of things, but he is, for me, already one of the best in the world", Guardiola said recently.

"For all Manchester City supporters, at home and globally, it is time to celebrate, acknowledge our friendship and enjoy our passion together". Their statistics have been just as impressive, and Guardiola can be rightly proud of everything they have achieved in 2017/18.

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