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.
The three-man midfield formation worked very well for Manchester United last weekend against City and Mourinho is likely to go into Sunday's game with a similar setup, meaning Ander Herrera starts once again in the middle alongside the consistent and reliable Nemanja Matic and United's hero from the last game, Paul Pogba.
Rodriguez scores the winning goal.
City, who rebounded from the United loss and a European exit at the hands of Liverpool by beating Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, have 87 points with five games left.
'No [I won't watch], I have golf game tomorrow, ' he said.
Rodriguez was charged by the Football Association in February following allegations that he used abusive or insulting language towards Brighton & Hove Albion's Cameroon defender Gaetan Bong in a Premier League match the previous month.
"We have three matches in a week".
He also rebuked those who questioned Marcus Rashford's failure to start in 11 of the last 16 matches, saying the 20-year-old is the only player in his squad to have made the most appearances since he took over. Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick for the Baggies in a 5-5 draw against United in 2013, which was Ferguson's last fixture in charge.
Eight minutes into the second half and Juan Mata came within inches of opening the scoring, but his 20-yard shot shaved the wrong side of the woodwork.
Foster impressively denied Lukaku when meeting a clipped Matic cross and Lingard had an attempted deflected wide as a goal looked inevitable.
71 minutes into the game, Jay Rodriguez managed to break the deadlock for the away side as he calmly headed a loose ball from a corner kick into the back of net, taking the lead for the Baggies. Chris Smalling had an attempt as the clock wound down and the full-time whistle saw City crowned champions.