Roberto Mancini celebrates the Premier League title

Taking the plaudits: Roberto Mancini

Even Manchester City's most ardent fans, assuming that any of them have survived their hangovers and can actually read this column, would acknowledge that yesterday could never have been possible without the financial support of Sheikh Mansour.

But if rival supporters think that that taints City's victory, they're mistaken. You can't have success without money, but having money doesn't necessarily guarantee success. Massimo Moratti discovered that with Internazionale when 10 years of heavy spending won him precisely zero Serie A titles. Money brings its own pressure and to suggest that City have bought the Premier League is accurate only in so much that every team who has lifted the title has, to some extent, bought their glory.

Manchester United generate their own money, in spite of the horrendous interest repayments visited upon them by their owners, and that money is the product of success. But what was a factor in achieving that success? Money.

"Arsenal didn't tempt Sol Campbell away from Spurs with a fruit basket and the promise of a decent parking place"

In 1987, Sir Alex Ferguson signed Brian McClair and Steve Bruce for £1.75m, a mighty outlay in those days. The next year, he spent roughly the same on Mark Hughes. A year later, he made £2.5m Gary Pallister the most expensive defender ever.

In the 90s, Blackburn Rovers went on a trolley dash, swiping everything off the shelves in their hunger for the title. Arsenal didn't tempt Sol Campbell away from Spurs with a fruit basket and the promise of a decent parking place, they offered him more money than Tottenham could ever hope to match and went on to win the title undefeated. And where do we start with Chelsea?

Not all of City's spending has been outlandish. In £600,000 Joe Hart, City have one of the best goalkeepers in the league. In £19m David De Gea, a fine young stopper with great potential, United do not. In £6m Vincent Kompany, City have an indomitable defender. United spent around £25m on Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, and they missed Nemanja Vidic terribly. Sure, City broke the bank for Yaya Toure, but he's one of their most crucial players. United spent almost £20m on Anderson and even when he's fit, he hasn't been good enough. And what of £30m Wayne Rooney and £30m Dimitar Berbatov? United have no moral high ground on spending.

City won the title because they were the best team. They won because Roberto Mancini built a secure defence, added silk to the steel, ignored his detractors and somehow managed to endure huge personal pressure without cracking, sticking two pencils up his nose and shouting 'wibble.'

To attempt to take anything away from him or his team is churlish in the extreme. They deserve their success.