The boys in light blue battered Watford into submission in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday.
England and City poster boy Raheem Sterling was superb and almost nicked a hat-trick at the ground a stone’s throw from where he was born.
Such is their squad depth Pep Guardiola brought on Kevin De Bruyne who ran riot, David Silva and Bernardo Silva brutally punished the Hornets with their sublime passing and even Gabriel Jesus scored twice.
City were ruthless, irresistible and had the pedal to the metal all game as the poor Hornets were stung 6-0 – the biggest loss in this competition since Bury hammered Derby by the same scoreline in 1903!
It should be a time of celebration with plaudits showered down on this quite brilliant City team – maybe the best of all time – but this achievement has happened under a cloud of dirty oil money and dubious morals.
There will be many decent City fans that love and appreciate the football their champions are playing but have a sense of unease over how it is funded. Yet just as many are so tribal they will attempt to defend the indefensible or blindly refuse to link the billionaires backing them off the pitch to the football team on it.
The fact is their owner is so rich he buys a new boat each time one gets wet – but all jokes aside his family also thinks it is okay to kill gay people, have launched a sustained assault on freedom of expression and arbitrarily detain and forcibly ‘disappear’ people who criticise them.
Sheikh Mansour is a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi and deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates – a country with an appalling human rights record.
That’s where we are – money over manners, cash over conscience and dirhams over decency.
If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas. And while demanding adoration their superstars sorely lacked class, sportsmanship and respect hours after lifting the Premier League crown.
While Jurgen Klopp and his players to a man congratulated their rivals on edging the title by one point, Pep Guardiola’s boys decided to chant about Liverpool fans being battered in the streets and ‘always the victims’. The latter is unforgiveable as that references Hillsborough and ignorance is not an excuse.
As Mark Twain once said: “One man alone can be pretty dumb but for real bona fide stupidity there ain’t nothing can beat teamwork.”
It’s one thing supporters letting themselves down by singing such trash but these are meant to be professional players and when men like Vincent Kompany – usually so well-liked, solid and reliable – and boyhood Kop fan Sergio Aguero are involved it makes it so much worse.
Clubs need likeable players like those pair to soften the edges of hate from rivals but this episode has damaged their standing and means there will be a lot less sympathy if the club does get a European ban for allegedly flouting Financial Fair Play rules.
It also tarnishes all the great work the club has done in the once deprived area around the Etihad.
Fans chose to liken that chant on the plane to Liverpool fans throwing stuff at City’s coach last season. Two wrongs never make a right and contrast to how Anfield chiefs immediately issued an apology to how City tried to explain away the lyrics.
They claim the battered line was not in relation to Sean Cox, who was almost killed by Roma fans, but to supporters beaten up in Kiev. Oh that’s alright then!
Excuses are like backsides. Everyone’s got one and they all stink.
AND finally Vincent Kompany has announced he is leaving Manchester City – and what a way to go out.
The first man to skipper a domestic Treble; lifting the FA Cup at Wembley in his final game for the club; and scoring a goal of the season contender in his last game at the Etihad to all but secure the league title.
The big Belgium, 33, is going back home to be player manager of first club Anderlecht and their gain is very much City’s loss. Kompany leaves with four titles, four league cups and two FA cups and is irreplaceable.
He has been the backbone of City for 11 mostly glorious years and there will be lots of broken hearts in the blue half of Manchester.
Love is a lot like a backache – it doesn’t show up in x-rays but you know it’s there. Now Kompany won’t be there but City still have many other great players to love.