This year, the gap might be too big to overcome.
After what will turn out to be a pivotal weekend in the Premier League title race, Manchester United have increased their lead to 12 points, all but guaranteeing that the title returns to the Red half of Manchester.
I know what you're thinking, United were 8 points ahead last season and Manchester City overturned that margin to win the Title in the most dramatic finish to a season the League has ever, or will ever, see. If they did it last year then it's conceivable that they could do it again this year, right?
This is not the City team of last season. Something is missing, the fire seems to have gone out. Throughout the season they have played with the complacency of knowing they are Champions. They have done it once, so it's not the end of the World if they don't win it again. This attitude hasn't got them very far this season. A disastrous Champions League campaign, where they finished bottom of their Group and failed to even qualify for the Europa Cup, was just the beginning. Their league form has been on gradual decline and it all came to a head Saturday evening in Southampton.