More importantly, though, it means Pep Guardiola's City team can not now be caught at the top of the table, thus handing the Catalan coach his first Premier League crown in just his second year in English football.
After their heroics at the Etihad, United suffered the ignominy of being defeated 1-0 at Old Trafford byWest Brom, thanks to a second-half header from Jay Rodriguez. "We didn't need to lose, we gave them alternative to win the match". Players didn't play simple.
Only time will tell how good this City team is, and whether they are the best we have ever seen in the Premier League, but one thing that can not be denied is that they are the best we have right now - and by some distance.
City defender Benjamin Mendy, who missed most of the season due to injury, turned social media blue as he tweeted: "We are f*****g champions congratulations boys!"
It was a far cry from his trophy-less first season with City and Kompany said Guardiola's tenacious attitude led them to the summit.
'Paul had a yellow card and before that he had a situation not for a second yellow but you never know in football, so I reacted to that.
"Today's game, we've got a vital three points for us and it means so much for the football club as it does all the players".
West Brom are still nine points from safety and look destined for relegation. Yet, in order to do that, they would have to repeat performances like that one for the best part of the 38 matches.
"They're a tough team to play at the moment", Howe told the team's official website about the Champions League semifinalists, adding, "we struggled to live with their pace, energy and intensity". It is even more important for the next games and we know we have to compete until the last week.
Although Mourinho says that he is not expecting Pobga to perform like that every week, he does want the midfielder to be more consistent for his team moving forward. "The players are aware and there will be no let up from our side with a massive game coming up".
From the 1970s to the mid 1980s, Liverpool were not just the best side in England but in Europe too and their finest campaign came in 1983-84.