Manchester United lost 0-1 to West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday, handing neighbours Manchester City the title on a silver platter.
Jay Rodriguez’s strike in the 73rd minute was the only thing that separated the two teams.
Just once have United lost at home to a team that started the day at the bottom of the table. West Brom had won just one game since August, but pulled off one of the most remarkable heists of the season.
City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday.
United had denied City the chance to wrap up the title last weekend when they came from two goals down to beat their bitter rivals 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
But Jose Mourinho’s men still ended up handing the trophy to City with a lacklustre display against bottom of the table Albion, who had won only three times in the league this season before this weekend.
City are 16 points clear of second placed United, who can only take a maximum of 15 points from their remaining five games.
Winning the title with five matches to go makes City the joint earliest champions in the Premier League era – matching the achievement of the 2000-01 Manchester United team.
City boss Pep Guardiola had planned a day of golf with his son Marius on Sunday, so the Spaniard might have learned of his first Premier League while on the course.
Speaking after the win over Tottenham, Guardiola admitted winning the title in England would be one of the greatest achievements of his glittering career.
He won three league titles with Barcelona and twice lifted the Champions League trophy during his Camp Nou reign.
With additional reporting from AFP.
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