United aiming to keep Man City title celebrations on hold again

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Manchester United won their second Champions League title under Sir Alex Ferguson in the 2007/08 season, as well as the Premier League, but City still managed to beat them twice in the league.

Champions League glory must now be the priority as far as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is concerned, says the Sunday Supplement panel.

"The difference is that we were consistent the whole season and played at the level we are expected to perform at", Kompany said.

"Bogey, double-bogey, birdie", Guardiola said after a 3-1 victory at Tottenham on Saturday. "After what happened and how the people reacted, these guys are fantastic". Incredible. What they lived the other week was so unfair. "But do not tell City they won title because United did not win, it is not fair on them".

Manchester City are Premier League champions after Manchester United lost to West Bromwich Albion.

When asked when City's all-time leading goalscorer might be able to return, Guardiola suggested that Aguero is also a doubt for Swansea City's visit to the Etihad on April 22 and may only be ready for "the last games" of the campaign. "We handled the pressure between the good and bad moments for the entire season, not just in this period".

What is clear is City has its swagger back after a demoralizing week that saw the leaders fail to seal top spot by losing the Manchester derby and exiting the Champions League.

It was a morale-boosting win for City after the disappointment of Tuesday's defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League quarter-finals.

However, despite being on the verge of the title, last week's Champions League elimination at the hands of Liverpool will still rankle with Guardiola and co, according to Shaun Custis. "That's what will make him carry on scoring".

The general brilliance of Pep Guardiola's side domestically this season has meant the destination of the title has always been a formality.

That appeared a more distant proposition in the first hour at Southampton when Dusan Tadic and Jan Bednarek scored for the hosts.

Captain Dani Parejo pulled a goal back for third-placed Valencia by squeezing an 87th-minute penalty under Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but the Catalans withstood an exciting final spell to move to within seven points of their 25th league title.

"As long as it is mathematically possible we will believe we can reach the top four", said Giroud. We are going to see.

The notion of anything resembling an actual "race" for the Premier League title has always been abandoned due to City's relentless form, but things could have been different back in December.

Huddersfield look well set for a stay up as Tom Ince netted in stoppage time beat Watford 1-0 and open up a 7-point lead on the bottom 3.

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