Football fans the world over have taken to social media this evening to discuss their shock at Manchester United’s loss at the hands of West Bromwich Albion handing the Premier League title to Manchester City.
The two sides went head to head at Old Trafford, with United having come into proceedings fresh off the back of their morale-boosting 3-2 comeback victory over Manchester City in the derby last weekend.
West Brom, meanwhile, had failed to pick up all 3 points in a Premier League outing since the middle of January, with the Baggies’ last match having seen them throw away a second-half lead to draw 1-1 with Swansea City.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 15, 2018
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) April 15, 2018
The early exchanges of this afternoon’s clash saw hosts United control the vast majority of possession, but West Brom look surprisingly dangerous on the break through the likes of Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez.
The best chances of the opening 45 minutes fell to Jake Livermore and Romelu Lukaku, with David De Gea and Ben Foster both subsequently producing impressive stops to keep the scores level heading into the interval.
Coming up short
The second 45 started out in a similar vein, with United once again struggling to break down the stout backline of their opponents.
And the lack of cutting edge on the part of the Red Devils, in the end, proved extremely costly this evening, as Jay Rodriguez’s headed finish in the 73rd-minute sent Darren Moore’s bottom of the table Baggies home with all 3 points.
Aside from proving an embarrassing result for Jose Mourinho’s United, today’s loss was compounded by the fact that their result handed fierce rivals Manchester City the Premier League title, a fact which Twitter users have since been quick to highlight:
FT: Manchester United 0-1 West Brom
Manchester City are officially the Premier League champions!!! pic.twitter.com/IJIFJPNhf6
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) April 15, 2018
Our Time. Our City.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) April 15, 2018
BREAKING: Manchester City are Premier League champions! pic.twitter.com/jWPGajmOEf
— Football Funnys (@FootyFunnysUK) April 15, 2018
‘we’ve won them the league, Manchester City, we’ve won them the league’…. WBA fans totally mugging off United. Sunderland all those years ago, and now them. Hahahahha.
— Esteemed Kompany (@StevenMcinerney) April 15, 2018
West Brom have won three games all season. We produce one of the best 45 minutes of the season against City and then put in a performance like this. Typical United. #mufc
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) April 15, 2018
After all the United celebrations last week, Manchester City have won the league at Old Trafford. Sometimes, you just can’t write it.
— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) April 15, 2018
Something quite fitting about United handing City the title with the sort of performance seen countless times under Mourinho.
— SportsJOE (@SportsJOE_UK) April 15, 2018
Congratulations Manchester City & their fans on their title win, you deserve the Premier League. A level above. Not nearly good enough from Manchester United, and never got close.
— Adam Joseph (@AdamJosephSport) April 15, 2018
Not quite the romance of Aguero netting dramatically in the 94th minute, but United crapping the bed against bottom-dweller West Brom makes Manchester City your 2017-18 Premier League Champions 🏆 🙌
— roger bennett (@rogbennett) April 15, 2018
Manchester United beating Manchester City away to deny them the title then losing to West Brom at home to give them the title is like cheating on your Mrs with Jennifer Lawrence, getting away with it then getting caught cheating with Katie Price.
— Deluded Brendan (@DeludedBrendan) April 15, 2018
Manchester United ensure Manchester City equal Manchester United’s PL record of winning title with five games to go.
— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) April 15, 2018
Spare a prayer for the hungover United supporters who just watched their side lose to bottom dwellers West Brom and hand the title to City.
point and laugh.
— COPA90 US (@COPA90US) April 15, 2018
Perfect way to win the league. City, adventurous and inventive beating an excellent Spurs side in their own back-yard. United, dull and insipid and the worst runners-up in memory, giving up the ghost redundant of ideas.
— Stephen Tudor (@SteTudor123) April 15, 2018