West Brom's Jay Rodriguez cleared of alleged racial abuse

Darren Moore

Darren Moore

Manchester City today clinched the Premier League title with five games remaining, and they didn't even have to kick a ball to do it as neighbours United handed them the trophy with a surprise home defeat to West Brom.

Pogba scored twice in the thrilling comeback 3-2 victory over Manchester City last week. The midfielder will no doubt be full of confidence against a deflated Albion outfit.

But Jay Rodriguez's goal in the 73rd minute gave West Brom a glimmer of hope as they are now nine points off safety with 12 to play for.

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.

"I am surprised. The quality and experience of some of the players, the stability the squad, I am surprised they find themselves in this position", said Mourinho. It seems really hard for people to praise the team and to praise the boys. Darren Moore is in temporary charge following the sacking of Alan Pardew and this will be a big test of his credentials up against one of the powerhouses of the sport.

"It wasn't clear to me what he said because I wasn't concentrating on him any more, but it caught my attention so I focused back on him". He told reporters: "We've managed to stop the rot".

Evans may have endured a miserable year with West Brom, but he is still a very good defender. "Let's make it the platform to build something more positive going forward".

It's been a while since Mourinho's men blew teams away but there certainly is an opportunity to do so against the struggling away side who've looked short of confidence.

West Brom Chief Executive Mark Jenkins has assured supporters that no stone will be left unturned in his efforts to put the club back on course.

With The Telegraph reporting that Jonny Evans is set to be available for just £3 million if West Brom are relegated this season, it would not be a surprise if every single club in the Premier League considered making a move with the Baggies nearly definitely going down.

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