Two goals in twelve minutes was all it took for the Sky Blues to send a major shock-wave in the battle for the title.
In a Manchester Derby where the permutations for both sides ranged and a win was almost a necessity to achieve either’s end of season goals – Manchester City proved once again that they were the alpha.
The win for City means they finally enacted their game in hand advantage to leapfrog their title rivals Liverpool, as they now made the job all the more difficult for the Reds.
Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane’s strikes in the second half were a crushing blow to Liverpool fans who believed City’s only realistic chances of dropping points were to the Red Devils or Spurs the weekend prior.
However, Pep Guardiola’s men showed the resolute and focus to get the job done at Old Trafford with a mature victory.
It wasn’t flashy, it wasn’t the most entertaining of affairs, it was simple – get in, get the job done, go home.
Three games are still to come for City as they travel to Burnley this weekend before a home clash against Leicester and rounding it all up against relegation threatened Brighton on the final day.
The pundits are of the belief that it is hard to foresee City dropping any points in any of these final three games and will need more than just Lady Luck on their side.
Burnley haven’t defeated City in their last seven meetings and have lost 5-0 against their opponents twice already this season in all competitions.
In four meetings, Brighton have been unable to get the better of Guardiola’s men, only scoring once and conceding eight themselves.
However, Liverpool fans may take solace in the fact Leicester defeated the Manchester based side once already this season but have not done so at the Etihad since their title winning season in 2016.
The job will be very difficult now for the Reds to try pinch the title off their title rivals in City as it is completely out of their control heading into the final two weeks of the season.
It will be a season where Liverpool could very well finish on more points than Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ in 2004 but could come so very short to holding that illusive bit of silverware which has been eluded them for almost 30 years.
We are truly in the end game now.
Enjoy the ride, folks.