Fans perhaps expected an easy three points for United, especially following their terrific 3-2 win over Manchester City last week, and given that before Sunday's Premier League encounter, the Baggies had won just once in their past 31 matches. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
The rest of the squad was spread out across Europe, and even beyond, on their day off after City's 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday night had left the league title agonizingly close.
Manchester City are now champions of the English Premier League for the 2017/2018 season.
Manchester City have won a total of 28 games this season, leaving them just two away from Chelsea's record of 30. The team was surprisingly eliminated from the Champions League contention in the quarterfinals against Liverpool, following well short of the ultimate goal of conquering a European title.
The Portuguese manager said that City deserved their title and he had offered them his congratulations after the derby win. Physicality, weather conditions, the amount of games.
"But the Premier League is one of the nicest and most important".
United's afternoon was symptomatic of their entire season.
But a United defeat against Bournemouth in midweek or a City win over Swansea City next Sunday would wrap up the silverware.
Guardiola, who sealed his seventh league title across three clubs in nine years of management, was playing golf with professional Tommy Fleetwood as the trophy was decided.
"I think United will win".
United have scored a full 30 goals fewer than City this season and Mourinho has not managed to get his side to click, despite being able to bring on further talent such as Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial.
Mata knows how significant it could be if this year's team win the trophy in the coming weeks, even if Spurs represent hard opponents at Wembley.
In Moore's two matches in charge of West Brom, the Midlands side have picked up four points - as many as they achieved in their previous 11 Premier League matches in 2018, a dismal run which led to the sacking of Alan Pardew.
"People said it was a big failure last week".