An 82nd-minute free-kick from the Argentine delivered a final blow to Liverpool, who now must score at least three times against the favourites to win the competition just to draw level in the semi-final.
Two such historic campaigns at the same time is extraordinary, but the nature of the duel has also been remarkable. "We were seven points behind, but we are in the last game and we are going to prepare well". As for Liverpool, their squad is riddled with players who have tasted no such success in the past, making their sprint to the finish line all the more impressive.
Since then, the road to glory for the Citizens look quite simple as they only need to register a win against Brighton to lift the title on Sunday.
Manchester City will face Brighton in their final game.
The 1963-64 Serie A title race was so tight, the Scudetto had to be decided via a play-off for the first and only time in history, after Bologna and Inter finished with 54 points.
"The atmosphere in the dressing room is just fantastic, all the players, the staff, the fans - the way they pushed us this season is unbelievable".
After edging past Newcastle United 3-2 on Saturday, Liverpool, who have not won the league since 1989-1990, were left praying that former manager Brendan Rodgers could do them a favor at the Etihad. Arsenal were the reigning champions and the Wenger v Ferguson rivalry was reaching its peak in an era where these two sides were the top dogs in English football.
City still have the chance for a domestic treble this season, with the Carabao Cup already in the trophy cabinet and an FA Cup final against Watford to come.
Whichever team wins the title must be presented with a trophy after their game, and a Premier League spokesperson confirmed (via The Independent) that there will be a trophy at each stadium to ensure the procession goes smoothly.
There are rumours that United will lose some of their top stars in the summer transfer window with no Champions League football and that will make it hard for them to attract top talents as well.
Since then we had seen teams like Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid and now Tottenham all reach the final showdown and Man United have been nowhere near it.