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Manchester United’s English defender Chris Smalling (L) celebrates scoring their third goal with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 7, 2018.
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Manchester City could be confirmed as Premier League champions without playing on Sunday, but only if rivals Manchester United suffer a shock defeat at home to bottom club West Bromwich Albion.

Pep Guardiola’s side are once again on the brink of securing the title after an impressive performance in beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday.

Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling scored for City either side of an Ilkay Gundogan penalty as they bounced back in style from the disappointment of their Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Liverpool in midweek.

It had been a traumatic week for City, who threw away a two-goal interval lead to lose 3-2 at home to United in the derby last weekend, missing the chance to become champions in front of their own fans at the Etihad Stadium.

However, City are now 16 points clear of second-placed United, meaning a defeat for Jose Mourinho’s men at Old Trafford against a West Brom side on the brink of relegation kick-off is at 1500 GMT would wrap up a third title in seven seasons.

A draw in that game would effectively confirm City as champions as well it would leave United 15…



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