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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion celebrates after scoring his sides first goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on April 15, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

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Manchester City were crowned Premier League champions without having to kick a single ball on Sunday, as Manchester United slipped to a surprise home defeat to bottom side West Bromwich Albion.

The result leaves Pep Guardiola’s side 16 points clear and mathematically assured of the title with just five games left to play.

Earlier in the day Newcastle United handed Arsenal a fifth consecutive Premier League away defeat. Matt Ritchie scored the winner in a 2-1 victory that take them to 41 points and virtually guarantees their safety.

Here’s a look at all Sunday’s Premier League results, the updated standings and a recap of the best of the action.


Sunday’s Premier League Results

Newcastle United 2-1 Arsenal

Manchester United 0-1 West Bromwich Albion


Current Standings (Team, Played, Goal Difference, Points)

1. Manchester City, 33, 68, 87

2. Manchester United, 33, 37, 71

3. Liverpool, 34, 43, 70

4. Tottenham Hotspur, 33, 35, 67

5. Chelsea, 33, 24, 60

6. Arsenal, 33, 17, 54

7. Burnley, 33, 4, 52

8. Leicester City, 33, 2, 43

9. Everton, 34, -15, 42

10. Newcastle United, 33, -7, 41

11. Bounemouth, 34, -15, 38

12. Watford, 34, -18, 37

13. Brighton & Hove Albion, 33, -15, 35

14. Huddersfield Town, 34, -17, 35

15. West Ham, 32, -18, 34

16. Crystal Palace, 34, -18, 34

17. Swansea City, 33, -19, 33

18. Southampton, 33, -20, 28

19. Stoke City, 33, -33, 27

20. West Bromwich Albion, 34, -25, 24

Sunday Recap

Manchester United found it tough going against West Brom at Old Trafford, although they may feel aggrieved not to have won a penalty in the first half.

Ander Herrera looked to have been clipped by Craig Dawson in the penalty area but referee Paul Tierney was not convinced.

Goal’s Kris Voakes felt it should have been given:

West Brom did threaten with David De Gea saving well from Jake Livermore, while United were subdued in attack with Paul Pogba booked for trying to handle the ball into the back of the net.

The Red Devils brought on Jesse Lingard for Herrera at half-time and Anthony Martial followed on the hour mark for the ineffective Pogba.

Samuel Luckhurst at the Manchester Evening News said Jose Mourinho applauded the midfielder off the pitch:

United pressed and went close when Ben Foster saved well from Romelu Lukaku, but they were caught out on 73 minutes as Chris Brunt’s corner was headed back across goal for Jay Rodriguez to nod home.

The Reds Devils piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser but lacked the invention to break down an organised and committed West Brom side.

Simon Peach at the Press Association showed how West Brom fans celebrated their win:

It’s a really poor defeat for United, particularly after beating Manchester City just a week ago. Meanwhile, West Brom pick up just their fourth Premier League win of the season, although they remain nine points from safety.

Manchester United's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (L) who's error led to the goal, reacts as West Brom players celebrate their opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and West Bomwich Albion at Old Traffo

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Arsenal headed to Newcastle without a single point on their Premier League travels in 2018 but looked on course to end that unwanted record when they went ahead early on.

Arsene Wenger paired strikers Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front for the first time and it paid off as they combined for the opening goal on 14 minutes.

Shkodran Mustafi sprayed the ball out to Aubameyang on the left and he crossed for a sliding Lacazette to fire home at the back post.

Goal’s Chris Wheatley said it was evidence the pair can play together:

However, Newcastle hit back just before the half-hour mark as Ayoze Perez nipped in front of Mustafi and converted DeAndre Yedlin’s cross.

James Olley at the Evening Standard noted how it was a familiar failing from Mustafi:

It got even worse for Arsenal after the break as Ritchie latched onto a flick on from Perez and coolly fired past goalkeeper Petr Cech.

The hosts could have had a third as Kenedy made a great run but saw his shot deflected onto the crossbar. Arsenal did press late on but could not find an equaliser as they suffered yet another away loss.

Dale Johnson at ESPN FC showed how it could be a damaging result for the Gunners:

In contrast Newcastle have won their last four games in a row to pull away from the drop zone and could finish the season in the top half of the table.

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