Defender Vincent Kompany will be vital this season if Manchester City are to win the title.
His ability to score goals, his pace and his natural defensive ability will all help Pellegrini's side challenge for the top. If Kompany plays, City usually win.
If Kompany can avoid injury this season then Manchester City may just challenge, with the experienced Belgian a stalwart for both club and country.
Today was a tough fixture for Kompany, and more will come where consistent performance will be needed for the win. However, three points and a goal are a late Christmas present for both Kompany and Manchester City.