Brian Kidd believes the FA Cup final win could be City’s 1990 moment.
The Blues assistant manager was youth team coach at United when they won the FA Cup in that year to hand Sir Alex Ferguson his first trophy as Reds manager.
That set off a landslide of silverware – and now City can kick on from their hoodoo-busting cup triumph.
“Winning something creates expectations and we have to go on from there now,” said Kidd.
“The boss is very motivated. He will look at the players – like Fergie did – and see who is hungry for it, who wants more. I’m certain of that. I think we have got a talented squad and the expectations now will be high because the lads have won a trophy and come third in the league.
“But, having said, that you have got to hit the ground running early on.
“The expectations will be there now, but I would feel that we will be one of the teams to beat in the league next season.”
If last season does turn out to be a turning point in City’s history, Kidd feels that the key moment was not necessarily the cup final victory over Stoke but the semi-final defeat of the old enemy.
“You get into that winning mentality,” said Kidd. “From a confidence point of view, the semi-final against United – particularly the second half when we played well – just gave the players that belief that they could go on.
“Obviously, beating United in the semi-final would not have meant anything if we had lost the final to Stoke.
“But we went on to win it and that was the good part because, for me, it is intoxicating when you win something. You want more of it.”