While there is no doubting their quality, they have benefitted from a weak field in the Premier League.
"It was a great day, a happy day, because they celebrated staying in the Premier League", he said. Salah won the Golden Boot and the Player of the Year titles after an wonderful campaign.
However, it was their previous campaign which changed their fortunes as they managed to avoid the drop, finishing 16th, six points above the relegation zone.
The newly crowned champions of England also matched the record for the earliest title success in history, securing the Premier League with five games left to play, as United did in the 2000-01 campaign.
City finished the season without a trophy and the sceptics went into the summer proclaiming how they had correctly predicted Guardiola's failure. We want to create a group.
The decision of not electing Mohamed Salah as our player of the season was always going to be a tough one but we can't help but acknowledge the influence Kevin de Bruyne has had on Manchester City this season. Burnley beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend, and drew at Tottenham, Liverpool and United before Christmas.
The 22-year-old center mid played just four times in all comps for the Cherries, but Eddie Howe handed him a start in Bournemouth's season finale. Their youth academy bustling with technically astute players at all age bands, Manchester City most definitely have a headstart in cementing their status as one of Europe's powerhouses.
Those assists are added to a respectable figure of 8 goals from midfield, a contribution therefore of 24 league goals to City's total. A corner from Dusan Tadic was met by Wesley Hoedt who saw his header come back off the upright and away for a goal kick.
Angel Rangel and Leon Britten both said their farewells after distinguished careers for Swansea and there was more emotion at Huddersfield where Arsenal manager Wenger signed off after overseeing his 1,235th game.