It’s all been a bit of a whirlwind for Manchester City fans since the Abu Dhabi United Group purchased the club in August 2008.
After years of financial insecurity, the sudden influx of world-class players and a large pot of money has been a welcome change of fortune for the club.
Despite taking a while to get going under the new owners and in their new era, they are now well regarded as one of European football’s super powers. They are able to compete with the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and, most importantly, rivals Manchester United both on and off the pitch.
Since the takeover, City have been crowned Premier League champions and have lifted the FA Cup, as well as the FA Community Shield. It has been a fairly steady growth from an average football club in England to one of Europe’s most feared sides.
That famous victory against QPR on the final day of the 2011/2012 Premier League season that saw them pip rivals United to the Premier League crown is arguably the club’s greatest moment.
But this season they have the opportunity to blow that achievement out of the water.
City are currently favourites to win a second Premier League title this season after thrashing the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and United.
They have also booked their place in the Capital One Cup Final having won their Semi-Final 9-0 on aggregate against West Ham.
In the FA Cup they face a fourth round match where they will host Championship side Watford.
And then there’s the small matter of the Champions League knockout stages, where they come up against Spanish giants Barcelona. One or two seasons ago not many people will have given City much hope of beating them. But now, having witnessed how lethal they are, anyone would be stupid to write them off over two legs.
It is the fact that City are still in all the competitions they entered this season and remain the team to beat, that this could be their real season to remember.
Should they unexpectedly crash out of one of the competitions, you would not put it past them to clean up the other three. If it is a domestic treble or a treble akin to the one rivals Untied won back in 1999, it would no doubt eclipse the scenes at the Etihad when Aguero scored THAT goal in 2012.
But what would arguably be the cream of the crop for most die hard City supporters, is if they manage to pull of such a feat in the same season that United fail to win a single trophy and, perhaps, do not finish in the top four.
City have been in United’s shadow for a very long time, watching agonisingly as they conquered England and Europe simultaneously but, if this season goes to plan, it will be them standing tall over their Manchester rivals, especially if they start the silverware spree with a Capital One Cup victory over United in March.