Although they have always boasted an admirably strong and committed fanbase, City were never traditionally considered title contenders in the Premier League era.
This all changed a few years ago, however, after two takeovers ensured that the club were subsequently able to exercise sizeable financial dominance over many of Europe's traditional powerhouses.
Such spending led to their famous last-gasp title win in 2011/12 and they continue to be considered among the favourites for domestic success every year.
But what if those aforementioned takeovers had never occurred? Where would City be now and just what would have happened to the structure of the title race over previous seasons?