Man City wins Premier League after United loses to West Brom

West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez, left, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Manchester United during the English Premier

West Bromwich Albion's Kieran Gibbs, left, and Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola applauds the fans as he walks from the pitch after the end of the English Premier League soccer match between To

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City won the Premier League title without even playing on Sunday when nearest challenger Manchester United surprisingly lost 1-0 at home to last-place West Bromwich Albion.

It was City's third title in seven seasons and easily its most convincing, with Pep Guardiola's team 16 points clear and still having five games to play this season. City's other two Premier League triumphs, in 2012 and '14, were sealed on the final day.

Second-place United dragged the title race out for at least another week by winning 3-2 at City last weekend, only to gift the trophy to City by losing to a team that is destined for relegation and had just one league win since August.

Guardiola might not have seen Jay Rodriguez's 73rd-minute winning goal at Old Trafford because he was due to be playing golf with his son instead of watching the match.

Instead of City likely clinching the title at home to Swansea next weekend, that game at Etihad Stadium will now be a party and a celebration of one of the Premier League's finest teams which could yet break a host of records by the end of the season.