Mata urges United to focus on strong finish

They eventually got the job done this weekend, though, as a scintillating 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday put the champagne on ice and the corks were popped less than 24 hours later when Manchester United surprisingly lost at home to West Brom on Sunday.

City have conceded only 25 goals, one fewer than United.

A 73rd-minute header from Jay Rodriguez gave Albion their first away win in 16 outings.

An 18-match winning run from late-August to late-December laid the platform for the runaway title victory, and it was only a matter of when it would be clinched. Said Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to the media after the match.

City skipper Vincent Kompany has now won three Premier League titles since joining 10 years ago. That didn't make me feel super happy and, in my opinion, it affected some of the people that were too happy.

United's afternoon was symptomatic of their entire season.

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.

Jose Mourinho all but conceded the title after the first Manchester derby with five months of the season remaining as City moved 11 points clear at the top of the table.

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Guardiola, who sealed his seventh league title across three clubs in nine years of management, was playing golf with professional Tommy Fleetwood as the trophy was decided.

"Whatever you read, I know what really happened".

"I think we were deservedly punished", Mourinho told Sky Sports.

"In my experience you don't win titles with inconsistency, you win titles with quality but you win titles with consistency at every level".

"After beating Manchester City we wanted a winning spirit until the end of the season but today was one of those days".

They were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after Craig Dawson appeared to trip Ander Herrera in the first half, however, referee Paul Tierney was unmoved.

The second half was not much better but Foster did wonderfully well after 66 minutes to tip a Lukaku effort around the post before the visitors resistance was then unexpectedly rewarded with 17 minutes remaining.

There's also the issue that the Red Devils' attacks can often be lopsided as they force the issue down the left hand side instead of play in a multidimensional way.

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