But with less than 20 minutes remaining in the game, Raheem Sterling grabbed the all-important third goal to return City to winning ways andon the edge of the title.
"In the end, if we analyse the game, they fully deserve the victory".
Regardless of United's results, City will be crowned champions by beating Swansea next week. Happy, and satisfied. Relaxed enough to declare he was going to play golf with his son rather than watch second-placed Manchester United play West Bromwich Albion in a match that will have implications on his team's ability to clinch the title.
Erik Lamela's advances at Manchester City's defence were not welcomed as the visitors defenders were on their toes to avoid surrendering their lead the same way they did in their last two games against United and Liverpool.
However, this time there was no second-half collapse as City should have ran out even more convincing winners. Harry Kane played the ball through for the Danish midfielder, whose shot was deflected back off his own leg and into the back of the net, sparking thousands of tweets saying Kane will claim the goal from folks who think they're really amusing. "For him, for the boys, it's fantastic and today he certainly didn't look like he doesn't want to score in the next few games".
Mauricio Pochettino's side, on the other hand, was disappointing in what was a great chance for them to cement their credentials as one of the most risky teams in the league.
Kane is in a stiff competition with Salah for the Premier League golden boot, with the England striker having 25 goals to his name this season behind Salah who leads the goal scorers chart with 29 goals. Jesus was shown a yellow card just in the stoppage time of the first half, the first 45 minute ended 2-1 in favour of Manchester City at the Wembley Stadium.
Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez share the record for most goals in a Premier League season, the trio each managing to reach 31 strikes.
Chelsea has so thoroughly owned Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge that one wouldn't expect that to change when the Blues have a chance to re-open the race for a top-four spot in the English Premier League. "It's still five games to go, there's a big chance, let's see". Crystal Palace is even money at plus-1 goals, which conjures up a scenario where they nearly manage to cadge a 0-0 or 1-1 tie.
Arsenal crashed to a fifth consecutive away defeat as Matt Ritchie fired Newcastle to a 2-1 win at St James' Park on Sunday.