Derby success last night has seen Manchester City take the mantle as league leaders, and installed as 1/2 favourites to claim a maiden Premier League title.
After appearing dead and buried following a defeat to Arsenal last month, City have gone from strength to strength as United have stuttered, leaving the fate of Roberto Mancini’s men in their own hands.
It is certainly theirs to lose now, as they perch atop the league on goal difference, knowing that victories away to Newcastle and at home to QPR will see them crowned champions.
This campaign is the 20th renewal of the top flight in its current format, the Premier League, and it is well worth noting that no team has ever failed to win the league, after leading it with two games to go during this time.
Ironically, it has most often been Manchester United who have gone on to ruthlessly secure the championship since the league’s inception back in 1993, though this term it is their rivals who would be mightily disappointed with a second place finish.
That said, the Eastlands outfit do not have the most straightforward of run-ins, which could give punters reason to invest in 13/8 United, even with the title out of their hands.
To be sure to triumph in the title race, the Citizens must win away to Champions League-chasing Newcastle United, before negotiating a tricky home tie with relegation strugglers QPR.
Rs boss Mark Hughes will be determined to prove a point in that match too, as he faces the club he left in unceremonious circumstances back in 2009.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s United meanwhile, face testing fixtures at home to Swansea and away to Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland, though their big game experience will stand them in good stead to achieve the positive results they need.
The Red Devils must hope that City slip up to capitalise, but history would be made to if the Citizens fail to land a first Premier League title.