After a routine 2-nil win over Sheffield United 2023 drew to a close as the year Manchester City will be remembered for creating history. The win at the Etihad capped off a calendar year that will live long in the memory of City fans. They also secured their place in English football history after a year of dominance.
The year began with Manchester City chasing the famous treble and their first UEFA Champions League crown. It ended with Pep Guardiola’s side having secured the treble. They also became the first English side to hold the Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
At times the football was breathtaking. The world champions at times played the game in a way that hadn’t been seen before. The domination of Real Madrid at the Etihad in a 4-nil win showed the game played at the highest level. The fact that the performance came in a UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg made it even more spellbinding. In a year where City laid waste to some of football’s biggest sides that was a moment that stood out.
Along the way, there were some superb individual performances. Erling Haaland smashed a plethora of records as he took to life at Manchester City like a duck to water. Rodri cemented himself as the best midfielder in world football with a year of remarkable displays. Phil Foden has taken his game to another level again as he develops into the player he always seemed destined to become.
2023 will be remembered as the year Pep Guardiola’s side swept all before them to create history. Manchester City played in their manager’s image to stand alone in English football history. The hope is that 2024 can be just as successful and as memorable as 2023.