Vincent Kompany delivered an emotionally charged speech to Manchester City fans and players after the club's title triumph.
"I have learnt from him", the Belgian centre-back told Sky Sports.
Word quickly got around through social media and City fans queued outside a venue still advertising United's televised clash with the Baggies in a bid to join fellow supporters inside, where the players were seen belting out Oasis' Wonderwall and being serenaded by supporters expressing their delight and gratitude. I've been lucky to win three.
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"Today was a day for the Blues - there have been many days for the Reds before, and ultimately it's banter. The previous ones we almost threw it away, I've seen many teams win it as champions for the whole season but in our case it's the first time". This one is the one I'm proud about in the way we've done it, but the first one was special for everyone.
"You can't take it for granted, before you know it it's gone".
City though have never successfully defended a league title and Kompany is hoping he can help build a dynasty at the Etihad.
"I may be the first one that's already thinking about next season but I want to stay humble".
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"As much as I'm going to celebrate today, I'm going to see if any of the lads are still up for it on Wednesday for us to have a good training session and build up to the next games as well".
"Any player who has played under him has had success because of him and because of the way he has improved them as individuals and enabled them to unlock their full potential".
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss had already led City to League Cup final victory over Arsenal this term.
'He has been able to transfer to the team that hunger and desire to never be satisfied.
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"You can't take it for granted", Kompany said. If I had met Pep when I was 20-years-old I would have been the ideal player for him and would have been able to improve so much, ' the Belgian defender added. There was a period of adaptation for him coming into the league and for us taking in his methods.