‘The table doesn’t lie’ as the cliché goes, and this much is true of the season Manchester City had. In the early throws of the season City were blowing teams away at home, but dropping too many points on the road. Boss Manuel Pellegrini soon saw to this though, and with attacking flair like Silva, Nasri, Yaya Toure and Aguero at their disposal – the goals kept on coming. Another early exit in the Champions League was a disappointment for them, albeit against Barcelona, as was the FA Cup loss at home to last year’s nemesis Wigan – results they’ll need to improve on to be considered a truly great side.

What do they need?

City will have to be careful with their transfer business this summer, due to the Financial Fair Play restrictions placed upon them. Keeping Yaya Toure would be big, though it might cost them a little more than a late birthday cake. If Toure is to move on, City would do well to look at former United player Paul Pogba – now at Juventus. Pogba is in the same mould, only 21 and it would probably rile the United fans, still bitter about his controversial exit. Another centre-half should be high on priorities too, meaning they aren’t reliant on Martin Demichelis.