City had moved within touching distance of the title with a 3-1 win at Tottenham on Saturday.
Jay Rodriguez headed home to secure rock-bottom West Brom a win at Old Trafford that was as remarkable as it had looked unlikely. Vincent Kompany did, with images showing the City captain celebrating at his in-laws' house where he was having dinner. "Champions! What a great feeling! So happy to be able to share another trophy with our wonderful fans!"
Had they won it last week against United, that would have defined Guardiola's first title, but City have been so much more than that this season, which is why the long-term uplift of sealing it as they have will do them no harm.
United had just achieved what many deemed impossible, winning the Premier League, FA Cup and European Cup treble.
Since leaving Manchester United in the summer of 2015, Jonny Evans has transformed into a reliable option in the defensive department and he has built a formidable defensive partnership with Ahmed Hegazy this season, which reflects his leadership qualities in the defensive third of the pitch. Yet, in order to do that, they would have to repeat performances like that one for the best part of the 38 matches.
"I have won titles".
"West Brom is a club I care about a lot", he said. "You could see the difference in the attitude to players compared to last week", said the Portuguese coach.
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"I think we were deservedly punished because we were masters in complication".
The loss handed City the title, leaving United trailing by 16 points with five games remaining, and Mourinho immediately faced the question of whether he was confident his team could make a real challenge next year.
Even Tinder got in on the act, tweeting: "Looks like we swiped right on a victor".
The irony that this is exactly how Manchester City play will not be lost on anyone. "Very happy to call us champions this year!"
Guardiola said he wouldn't be watching United's game at Old Trafford on Sunday, but instead would be enjoying a round of golf with his son.
A serial victor as a supervisor with Barcelona and Barcelona, Guardiola ended his first yr in England at Metropolis with out silverware - his exclusively failure to win a trophy since his managerial profession began again in 2007.