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Manchester City locks up Premier League crown after Man United loss

Manchester City locks up Premier League crown after Man United loss

Against a backdrop of empty seats at Old Trafford, to the sound of boos from many of those who had stuck around, one long blast of Paul Tierney's whistle confirmed Manchester City as Premier League champions.

It went some way to atoning for a disappointing 10 days and they passed a tough test at Wembley after a horror week which saw them lose to United and crash out of the Champions League to Liverpool.

With the title wrapped up without kicking a ball thanks to United's shock defeat, City can reflect on a success crafted completely in the image of boss Pep Guardiola.

Their latest triumph, however, has come with much more to spare after West Brom's victory over Manchester United on Sunday ensured the job was completed with five games remaining. They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points.

The defeat for Spurs was their first in 14 Premier League games going back to the reverse fixture with City in December.

And the Cote d'Ivoire global who has been limited to just 98 minutes of action in seven league games this season sent a special message to the fans.

Former Manchester City defender Andy Hinchcliffe on Sky Sports: They have been the dominant force this season and, with the style in which they play, they are the best side the Premier League I have seen. The club has recorded an unassailable 87 points in 33 games so far.


So can Pep Guardiola's side buck the trend next year? This Manchester City side are aesthetically handsome but they have a weakness about them that can be exploited.

"City's mental fortitude remains in doubt and their defence in vulnerable. Those two teams barely had a weakness between them".

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He is the first Spanish manager to win the Premier League title - a prize he says is the hardest to claim in Europe.

Guardiola and his players will have the chance to celebrate properly on Sunday when they host Swansea in their next fixture.

"They were the right ones and the ones we believed in". However, he was at Barcelona for four years - one too many, as it turned out - and Bayern Munich for three years.

It was City's third title in seven seasons and easily its most convincing, with Pep Guardiola's team 16 points clear and still having five games to play this season.

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