Man United player ratings as a frustrating defeat to West Brom hands Man City the title

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United lost to West Brom.

Manchester United produced a superb performance to deny Manchester City the chance to win the Premier League title at the Etihad last week but an insipid display at Old Trafford on Sunday handed their neighbours the prize this time around.

The Baggies scored through a Jay Rodriguez header to win 1-0 and spark celebrations in the Blue half of Manchester.

Here, we rate the performances of United’s players.

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3)

David De Gea – 6: Made a fine save in the first half low to his right and a couple of routine ones followed.

Antonio Valencia – 5: Was solid at the back but ran out of ideas going forward.

Chris Smalling – 6: Decent shift from the Englishman, had a header on goal late on that he could’ve done better with.

Victor Lindelof – 6: Apart from one nervy moment when he was closed down quickly, he looked comfortable throughout.

Ashley Young – 5: Didn’t link up well with Alexis Sanchez. Little defending to do but like the rest of the team, short of ideas going forward.

Ander Herrera – 5: Should’ve won a penalty when Craig Dawson brought him down inside the area in the first half. Replaced at half-time.

Nemanja Matic – 5: Played 121 passes on the day, more than any other player by a mile. Horrendous header back across goal to gift Rodriguez the winner.

Paul Pogba – 4: Was a shadow of the player that sparked a remarkable comeback against City and was hauled off before the hour mark.

Juan Mata – 5: Was busy as ever and had a couple of shots at goal but couldn’t find the killer pass.

Romelu Lukaku – 6: Forced a couple of phenomenal saves from Ben Foster in either half although he could’ve been more precise with his first effort. Looked the most likely to score though.

Alexis Sanchez – 5: Worked hard and chased things down but another tough outing in a United shirt.

SUBS:

Jesse Lingard – 6: Replaced Herrera at the break and almost made an instant impact. Looked threatening.

Anthony Martial – 5: Wasn’t able to offer the kind of penetration he was sent on to provide.

Marcus Rashford – N/A: Came on for Young in the 75th minute.

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Man City crowned champions as Man United lose 1-0 at home to West Brom

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Manchester City have been confirmed as Premier League champions following second-placed Manchester United’s loss to West Brom.

Pep Guardiola’s side put themselves on the brink of title glory with Saturday’s 3-1 victory at Tottenham and United’s failure to take points off the bottom side on Sunday left City beyond mathematical reach.

Jay Rodriguez headed the only goal of a dull contest at Old Trafford 18 minutes from time, handing the Baggies an unlikely victory.

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Santo pays tribute to players and fans as Wolves confirm promotion to Premier League

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Ruben Neves of Wolves celebrates getting promoted to the Premier League.

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo paid tribute to his players and the club’s fans after they marked their promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 win against 10-man Birmingham at Molineux.

The home side cruised to victory thanks to Diogo Jota’s 17th goal of the season in the 21st minute and an 87th-minute strike from Benik Afobe.

They played the final 38 minutes with a one-man advantage after the Blues had been reduced to 10 men when Harlee Dean was sent off for bringing down Helder Costa.

The Portuguese, who now wants to break the 100-point barrier on the way to winning the Championship title in his first season in charge, said: “I am very pleased. This is a big moment, first for the fans. It is why we work, for our fans.

“It was a special feeling always having the fans behind us.

“The players have been fantastic from day one. But we know that we still have something to go for and this season does not deserve any bad moment.

“It was a very hard season but the players deserved (to be promoted). They believed in something that was changing.

“They trust and believe and they kept doing that. It is the best reward you can have when someone believes the same as you.

“We now have 95 points, let’s get more and achieve some kind of glory.”

Nuno allowed his players to celebrate with a drink in the changing room after the game and he added: “That is something I have never allowed (before). It was the first time.”

Birmingham boss Garry Monk is facing a real fight to avoid relegation as his side are only two points above the drop zone with three games remaining.

Monk admitted the miss by Maxime Colin in the 11th minute was crucial but insisted his side will keep fighting.

He said: “We had that great opportunity with Max and then in the second half going down to 10 men made a difficult challenge much harder.

“We had a chance at the end through Lukas (Jutkiewicz) to snatch an equaliser but that is the difference. Wolves were clinical.

“But we are fighting. We are not going to take our eyes off the prize. These players are giving everything and will keep fighting.

“We knew this game would be difficult. We came to make it difficult and I thought we did that in the first half.

“With 10 men we were still in the game. It is very clear we are fighting and we have three massive games to come. It is still in our hands.

“We believe the belief will get us to where we want to be.”

Monk plans to appeal Dean’s dismissal and he added: “Harlee made an attempt for the ball. We will be looking to get that rescinded.”

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