Manchester United’s defeat at the hands of West Bromwich Albion this evening ensured that Manchester City equalled a Red Devils’ Premier League club record.
The two sides went head to head at Old Trafford a short time ago, 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.
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The early exchanges of this evening’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.
Adding insult to injury
Aside from proving an embarrassing result for Jose Mourinho’s United, today’s loss was compounded by the fact that it handed fierce rivals Manchester City the Premier League title.
And, as has since been going viral across social media, the Red Devils’ defeat this evening also enabled City to equal an English top-flight record, previously held by Everton and, of course, United themselves:
5 – Man City have won the Premier League title with five games remaining; equalling the English top-flight record. They have equalled the efforts of Manchester United (1907-08 and 2000-01) and Everton (1984-85) who all won the top-flight title with five games to spare. Cruise. pic.twitter.com/SbeV1CXB0u
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 15, 2018