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Manchester United's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez (R) vies with West Bromwich Albion's French-born Cameroonian defender Allan Nyom during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Bomwich Albion at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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West Bromwich Albion shocked Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, winning 1-0 to hand Manchester City the Premier League title.

Jay Rodriguez scored the only goal after 73 minutes of uninspired football, and that was enough to bring the title fight to an end. City beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Saturday.

Here are the key takeaways from Sunday’s match.

   

Uninspiring 1st Half

Fans hoping for an exciting first half were left wanting, as neither side showed much inspiration and the managers’ tactics negated each team’s strengths.

United came out with three midfielders who prefer to do their work in the centre of the pitch―Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic―and the result was a lack of space to move the ball into. As shared by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, it didn’t take long for Jose Mourinho to realise change was needed:

The best chance of the opening half fell to the visitors, but David De Gea did well to deny Jake Livermore. It’s safe to assume the home fans had seen better:

  

Pogba’s Comical Handball

One moment that stood out in the first half came after 29 minutes, when Pogba was booked for a deliberate handball.

Alexis Sanchez’s cross into the box was just a little too high, and the Frenchman tried to guide the ball home with his arm. The problem was said arm was so far away from his head that just about everyone inside the stadium caught him doing it:

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Paul Pogba of Manchester United handles the ball and a freekick is given to West Bromwich Albion during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on April 15, 2018 in Manche

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Jokes ensued:

Pogba was taken off two minutes before the hour mark.

   

Better 2nd Half by Devils, but Baggies Win

The introduction of Jesse Lingard gave United a much-needed boost, and the hosts improved as the half wore on. Romelu Lukaku nearly gave his team the lead with a good header, but Ben Foster produced a stunning save to keep the scores level.

And with just over 15 minutes to play, Rodriguez capitalised on some bad set-piece defending to give West Brom hope in the battle against the drop. The goal also virtually gave City the title, and sports writer Robbie Dunne thought it was not the way the Red Devils faithful would like the title race to end:

   

City Champions, Rivals Embarrassed

To say fans and local reporters were disappointed with the outcome would be an understatement. Handing your rivals the title is bad enough, but doing so by losing to the last-placed team is something else entirely.

Luckhurst didn’t mince words:

On the blue side of Manchester, the message was quite different:

   

What’s Next

United visit Bournemouth on Wednesday, while West Brom play host to Liverpool on Saturday.





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