The World seemed to be turned on its side for a while. It’s transfer deadline day and City could beat us to our target, as well as breaking the British transfer record on the same day.

The World hadn’t gone mad though, as by midnight, our target signed for us, not even gracing Mark Hughes with a meeting. Then City got dumped out of the League Cup in the 2nd Round by a League 1 side. But there still was something that wasn’t quite right…

“The plan is very interesting, with real possibilities. I have come here to play for the title and to win things in Europe,” said Zabaleta.

“I know you have Chelsea, Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool but I still think we will finish fourth. I am confident,” said Ireland.

“This is a great time to start winning games against the bigger teams so we can prove we are here to win the title,” said Robinho.

“We have to look at a Champions League place first and then go from there,” said new signing Jo. “This club will win the Premier League.”

But then, Kaka has said he wouldn’t play for them. And Fabregas. And Henry. That mattered little though, because the only team in Manchester were doing their talking on the pitch. With three games played, they broke in the top four. Champions League here they come.

Then they lost to Wigan, then Liverpool, but their top four form would be restored against a hapless Newcastle side, surely. They were in the relegation zone, picking up just five points from seven matches, and they have Joe bloody Kinnear as their manager!

It wasn’t to be though, despite getting a penalty in the 12th minute which saw Newcastle go down to ten men, City couldn’t pick up their first win in a month. Replays showed Habib Beye actually won the ball, but that mattered little to Styles, who brandished a red card and awarded a penalty for Robinho to slot away.

Yet with an hour played, City were trailing to the ten men of Newcastle, only saved by a late Steven Ireland goal, which came after Newcastle had been playing with a man down for 75 minutes. But hey, they’re still in the top 10, well, 10th to be exact, on goal difference alone, so don’t rule them out of winning one of those coveted Champions League spots just yet!