Manchester City has been confirmed Premier League Champion without playing a match on Sunday as West Brom which is languishing at the bottom of the surprised Manchester United with a 1-0 home defeat of the Reds.
United, fresh off a win in the Manchester derby, will be looking to keep the momentum going despite the fact they have little to play for at this stage of the season.
But that only delayed the party by one week.
"Congratulations to Manchester City on their Premier League title win", read the message on United's Twitter account. Fascinating interviews with Gary Lineker, Russell Brand, Lily Allen, Eric Cantona, Alastair Campbell, Jon Ronson, Nick Clegg and more. Last week, United reminded everybody that some of their players are excellent and can do wonderful things. "Premier League Champions 17/18", City tweeted soon after the final whistle, when the fifth English top-flight title of its history was assured.
It is City's third title in seven seasons and a first under the Spaniard in his second campaign in charge.
City could win the league this afternoon if the Baggies pulled off the most unlikely of wins. He had already come off the bench for the 10-man hosts to peg back Everton in the previous game and, when last-gasp wins over Huddersfield Town and Southampton needed grinding out, Sterling stepped forward. They won the title because they were the best team, because they won a great amount of points.
He won three league titles with Barcelona and twice lifted the Champions League trophy during his Camp Nou reign. But nobody expected it to happen this weekend.
"We've won you the league, Manchester City, we've won you the league", sang West Brom's jubilant fans near the end of the game.
It is no less than swashbuckling Pep Guardiola's side deserve - but the City boss will no doubt have rubbed his eyes in disbelief at events at Old Trafford when he returned from his round of golf.
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