Meek loss for Manchester United shows gulf in class with rivals City
Apr 16 2018 by Marjorie Miles
Their European campaign was essentially a disappointment.
But Man United faltered at home to West Brom, gifting their rivals the title.
City had moved to the brink of glory with victory at Tottenham on Saturday but the crowning moment came in unexpected circumstances as Jay Rodriguez headed the bottom side to a 1-0 win at Old Trafford. This result left his team one point clear of third-place Liverpool, with a game in hand. My favourite title is still the first one - it was special.
In fact, no team has won back-to-back Premier Leagues since Man United in 2008 and '09, highlighting its difficulty.
Former England worldwide Gary Lineker, who now works as a television presenter, tweeted: "Congratulations to @ManCity on winning the Premier League title".
And that is why, strictly in terms of achievement, Pep's team's place in the pantheon of English champions is now not an overly-elevated one.
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"At my age I can still learn and I enjoy every minute of it, but I think we share one thing of having the hunger and desire to never be satisfied".
Succumbing to those mental and physical pressures puts United's Treble-winning feat into its magnificent context. Were the susceptible to losing their heads, after losing a lead to both Liverpool and Manchester United, and seeing their exit from the Champions League seemingly decided by a quick flurry of goals? What a great feeling!
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany gave a passionate speech in a Manchester pub last night after his team were confirmed as Premier League victors. City have elevated the level of the football. David Silva and Leroy Sane are also in double figures and if Raheem Sterling, now on eight, can join them they will be the first team ever with four players reaching that mark.
Records are there to be broken, but statistics only ever tell half the story.
Other Chelsea records within City's reach are most goals scored (103), best goal difference (+71), and most goals scored at home (68).
In terms of magnitude of achievement, this win ranks way below Leicester's remarkable success. The Belgium global has also issued a warning to their Premier League rivals by claiming Pep Guardiola's side haven't been at their best this season, stating that the club will try to unlock their "full potential" next season.
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