But United's loss to bottom-placed West Brom probably caught out the club and the players.
"Come on City! Champions! The feeling amongst the squad is great", he said. This has allowed City to execute their manager's game plan to play out from the back perfectly.
This season's Premier League crown represents a third in City colours for Aguero, having sealed the title on the final day of the 2011-12 and 2013-14 campaigns against Queens Park Rangers and West Ham respectively. The trophy is a well-deserved reward for their dominant performances, and they look set to break even more records with 5 games more to play. He and Mourinho are old rivals from their time in Spain when the United boss managed Real Madrid. Guardiola is not one to compromise on his principles but it is clear his tactics need to change in the latter stages of the Champions League, because his teams are getting picked off too easily. I'd like to stay humble - this is not a dynasty, it's one title. "These guys are fantastic, awesome, they are incredible", he said. "And with the long season and all the different competitions everyone has played their part". We deserve to be punished.
City's title win came at a rather unsurprising time.
So what were the sparks that led to the City fire burning brightest? In fact, no team has won back-toback Premier Leagues since Man United in 2008 and "09, highlighting its difficulty".
It is the fifth time City have been English champions and the third time in the last seven seasons. Guardiola had planned a day of golf with his son Marius on Sunday, so the Spaniard might have learned of his first Premier League while on the course.
I'm glad he's stuck with his principles, that he came through and his style of football which he has not only proved you can win with it, but it's so attractive to watch at times. Only Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have managed to do that so far and in recent years follow ups have proved very hard. He also conceded it was sweet to triumph in a country where some critics claimed his purist principles couldn't flourish.
"The club made an investment on players and that is the difference", Guardiola said over the weekend.
Despite Cook's statement, Dunne went to captain the City side in the 2008-09 season and featured regularly. They are able to win their games - all six. If next season really is to be his last at City, certain things will be occupying his thoughts.