They may face a fight to stay in the Champions League but in domestic action there appears no stopping the Abu-Dhabi fuelled juggernaut that is Manchester City.
Sheikh Mansour’s plan to turn City into a dominating force is starting to bear fruit, with the club sat five points clear at the top of the table and runaway favourites in the Premier League betting.
But they aren’t just winning games at present, they are absolutely destroying the opposition. Their 5-1 win over Norwich on Saturday meant they have now hit 48 goals in just 14 games – the highest by any team at this stage of the season, beating a record set by Everton in the 1800s. It is little wonder the City support were chanting “we score when we want”, with every other player in the top scorer betting stakes wearing a Sky Blue shirt.
There may yet be tests where even City’s expensively assembled squad are pushed to its extremes - December is always a traditionally busy month but January looks even more crowded.
League games against Sunderland, Liverpool, Wigan and Spurs are now joined by the two Carling Cup contests with Liverpool and the FA Cup clash with United.
However, given Sheikh Mansour’s vast resources it would not surprise me if they went out and bought more players to aid their push. The owners are determined to throw enough money at the club to ensure success it is frightening to consider when they will stop.
They may not win the lot this season – the run-in is where things can change very quickly. But I have no doubt that more silverware is heading to the Etihad Stadium and given their league form, I have a feeling it will be the Premier League trophy that will find itself on the other side of Manchester come the end of the season.