Manchester City are yet to be beaten in the Premier League this season. They have an impressive 52 points from 54 available and have scored an outstanding 56 goals with half of the campaign to go.
In fact, the only man who took points off them is currently unemployed.
Despite these impressive stats, Pep Guardiola has won nothing yet, and talk of them as the best team in the Premier League era is far fetched and it is typical of the English media to jump on the latest craze and hold them aloft before they have achieved anything.
Yes they are brilliant to watch, they entertain unlike their close neighbours and everything is in place for them to dominate for years to come, but the time to judge Guardiola’s men is in May, when as expected they lift the Premier League trophy for the first time under the Spaniard.
There have been many sides who deserve the accolade of the greatest team in Premier League history far more than Manchester City at this current time.
These are the teams that have the silverware to back it up.
The Arsenal side of 1997/98 often get over looked when we look back on the history of the Premier League due to the Invincibles of 2003-04.
However Arsene Wenger’s team from the late 90’s were arguably better and a much tougher opponent. No team relished a trip to Highbury during that campaign.
Yes, the Invincibles were more technically gifted with the likes of Thierry Henry and Robert Pires in their ranks, but the 1997/98 side had David Seaman, Tony Adams, Martin Keown and Lee Dixon in their defence, with the influential pairing of Emmanuel Petit and Patrick Viera in the heart of the midfield and were a much more physical side.
The Invincibles won the 2003/04 Premier League title by an eleven point gap over rivals Chelsea, and remained unbeaten the entire season in a team that included Bergkamp and Vieira.
Going the whole season unbeaten is an amazing feat and one Wenger would not like to see repeated by a rival.
Manchester United too have had quality teams that deserve to be mentioned up there with some of the Premier League’s greatest. Their treble winning side of 1998/99 where they won the FA Cup, Premier League and Champions League was an incredible achievement that will be hard to replicate.
Roy Keane, Peter Schmeichel, David Beckham and Ryan Giggs were part of an incredible side that created history at Manchester United that season.
Sir Alex Ferguson also won the Premier League in the 2007/08 season and collected the Champions League trophy on a famous night in Moscow where Manchester United defeated Chelsea having pipping them to the League title also.
Cristiano Ronaldo collected the first of his five Ballon d’Or’s that season. Edwin Van der Sar was at his peak in goal behind a defence that included Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs creating more history at Manchester United.
Ronaldo was joined in attack by Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez and Louis Saha in one of the most lethal Premier League attacks seen to-date.
The ‘Special One’ arrived in Chelsea in 2004 fresh from winning the Champions League with FC Porto and lived up to his own hype by ending Chelsea’s 50 year wait for a league title, only losing once in the process.
Jose Mourinho won back to back titles with Chelsea between 2004 and 2006, with people quick to forget the impact Mourinho had on the Premier League with the new kid in town at the Etihad.
Manchester United won the league three times in a row between 1998 and 2001 and again between 2006 and 2009.
They are the last team to retain the title with a rotation of winners for the past eight seasons including Leicester City’s amazing win in 2015/16.
While Pep Guardiola is breaking all records and will most probably achieve great things at Manchester City, to label them as the greatest ever after just 18 games is completely absurd.
It is some achievement to have an eleven point lead by Christmas, but perhaps bigger tests of City’s squad will come should they lose a game.
Then we can see just what Guardiola’s men are made of and if they can become the best ever.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena