Pep Guardiola has ruled Sergio Aguero out of Manchester City's trip to Tottenham Hotspur tonight and cast doubt over whether the Argentine will feature again this season as he struggles to return to full fitness. As soon as Chris Smalling's well-timed finish struck the back of Ederson's goal last Saturday to give United a 3-2 lead, numerous home fans at the Etihad Stadium turned to each other and lamented their collapse.
"Because if it was done they would not play the way they play", Guardiola added.
"Next season David maybe he will not play every game, that's why the squad has to be big".
Despite that setback, just two more wins from their remaining six games will see Guardiola get his hands on the trophy for the first time, regardless of United's final results. "That has happened. We have to try to focus on our games".
Victory over in-form Tottenham at Wembley and a United loss to bottom club West Bromwich Albion on Sunday would allow Pep Guardiola's side to start celebrating.
Midfielder Dele Alli, who scored in his side's 2-0 win over City in the same fixture last season, felt the matches against the top six sides in the League offers more space for him to exploit.
"Football is emotions. Since November, December, we were already champions".
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"The pundits in November, they said it was already done - it was impossible that City, if they hadn't lost in six months, it's impossible for them to drop points", he said.
"Apart from Bayern Munich, the three teams in the semifinals of the Champions League - Roma is 20 points behind Juventus, Liverpool is 17 points behind us plus one more game, Real Madrid is 15 points behind Barcelona. I think they need to be helped, but if the guys made a decision to do that, it will happen".
"We are able to win the two games [we need to confirm the title] and we will do that".
The former Barca boss harked back to Real Madrid in 2003/04 as a reminder that it ain't over till it's over.
The half past 5 kick off takes place at Anfield, where Liverpool will look to carry the momentum of their Champions League win over Man City into their game against Bournemouth.