Their Manchester rivals had closed the gap to five points with a 1-0 win against Brighton on Saturday and, with City trailing to a Nicolas Otamendi own goal at half-time against Huddersfield, Jose Mourinho's men were dreaming of a title lifeline.
"It was a brilliant move to win the penalty".
Success on the field for the rest of the season will likely dictate which teams end up with the biggest wage bill, with future performance-related payments and bonuses still to be taken into account.
"We are going to lose".
"When you play every few days, when you see the scheduling - December, January - we go to Donetsk to play in the Champions League".
The Brazil global has been used sparingly by Antonio Conte this season, but made the most of a rare starting opportunity by scoring twice in the midweek Champions League win over Qarabag.
The free-scoring Citizens travelled to the Kirklees Stadium on the back of a scintillating run of form, having picked up wins in all but one of their matches across all competitions this season, a 1-1 draw with Everton on the second day of the Premier League campaign. "Also, last season, they were a fantastic team".
Manchester United and Manchester City both pay a basic average weekly salary of £100,000, less than Barcelona, Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid.
"We got the three points and that is the most important thing". He's winning games. Now he's a winning player.