Pep Guardiola's men - matched at a high of [3.7] at the start of the season to win the title - did what they had to do on Saturday evening by putting in a superb display to win 3-1 at Wembley over Tottenham, but very few expected United to lose at home to West Brom on Sunday afternoon which would hand the title to their neighbours and fierce rivals.
That effort was his 15th in the English top-flight this season and built on previous hauls of 17 at West Brom and 68 with Everton.
Guardiola failed last season but in his second term he has added the correct players to his squad, the signing of Kyle Walker has been a huge plus, and he has also got huge amounts out of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, amongst many others.
"Then JR pinched his nose and said: 'You're black and you stink.' He followed up the comment with a waving gesture in front of his face". So, the more I put the work in, the more confident I am in certain situations because I've worked on it. I know what to do, I know where to do it and I don't fear anything.
Baggies' director of football administration Richard Garlick, who attended the hearing, said: "Everyone at the club is delighted for Jay because this has been a trying period for him".
But the blues will have an opportunity to wrap up the league against relegation threatened Swansea next weekend.
Rodriguez, who has one England cap, appeared to pinch his nose after they clashed and Bong spoke to the referee.
West Brom had lost eight of their previous nine games and last won on Jan 13.
Marcos Rojo, too, is back in contention, but none of the three are likely to be thrust into action right away. That's how I think.
United had to at least draw to keep the title race mathematically alive but were stunned at Old Trafford when Jay Rodriguez headed home after the break. Lindelof and Smalling start at the back and Pogba starts alongside Matic and Herrar in midfield with Juan Mata also in the team.
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