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Man United 0-1 West Brom: Baggies hand PL title to Guardiola

EPL By: Linus Onyeze | 15/04/2018

West Brom helped Manchester City to the Premier League title by beating Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.

Although the Baggies would be more concerned with what the three points would do for their survival hopes – if there are any – rather than what it did for City, as Jay Rodriguez’s second half strike meant United were beaten at home.

It seemed as though the Red Devils were still hibernating after coming from behind to beat Manchester City 3-2 as they started this game very slowly, you would wonder if there was anything at stake. And there were no real efforts on goal from either side until the 12th minute, when Jake Livermore darted into the penalty area to latch on to a pass, and he unleashed a low shot in the direction of the left post. David de Gea was alert and denied him with a nice save.

But eight minutes later, it would be United’s first chance of the game when a pass into the box found Romelu Lukaku unmarked. He carefully placed a shot towards the middle of the goal, but a brilliant last-ditch save by Ben Foster denied him.

The tempo of the game kept drifting from poor to very poor, as neither side was showing enough going forward, with West Brom appearing comfortable containing their more illustrious opponents.

But on 36 minutes, a lovely run from Lukaku meant he found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper, lined up a shot, but the keeper boldly launched himself to intercept the ball.

And that would be the last effort of the half as both sides went into the break.

At the start of the second half, it really was same of the same as both sides failed to show enough enthusiasm in their play. United failing to show any initiative despite playing for second place, while the Baggies were far from playing like a team looking to avoid the drop, even though it must be said they were doing a fine job of keeping the Red Devils at bay.

But in the 66th minute, Lukaku attempted to convert a lofted cross as he jumped high and headed the ball to the left side of the goal. Ben Foster showed his brilliant reflexes and pulled off a glorious save to stop the ball from hitting the net.

But as the game wore on and in the 73rd minute, Rodriguez met the corner and displayed his eye for goal as he coolly planted a header from close range into the left side of the goal. The Baggies had taken the lead.

There were a few half chances here and there, but West Brom smiled home as winners on the day, but Manchester City would surely be the biggest beneficiaries.
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