But they didn't need that extra game to do the job as second-placed United slipped up at home to relegation-threatened West Brom. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation.
But they were back to their irresistible best against Spurs as Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan put them 2-0 up early on, with Sterling sealing the win after Christian Eriksen had given the hosts hope.
Former Manchester City defender Andy Hinchcliffe on Sky Sports: They have been the dominant force this season and, with the style in which they play, they are the best side the Premier League I have seen.
And it was achieved by playing a brand of football that has had the purists purring all season with City racking up 93 goals so far and on course to top the 100-point barrier. How about that taxi driver who isn't EVEN LOOKING at where he's going despite the fact that there are literally THOUSANDS of people in that street.
"Premier League Champions 17/18", City posted on their official Twitter account.
"We were able to play at the level that we are expected to perform at and I think the previous times when we have won it a lot of times you can actually say that we almost through it away. The amount of goals, chances and points, to do that in the Premier League, with the contenders we have, is because the players are so good".
If De Bruyne doesn't get you, David Silva likely will.
Now, the new Premier League champions can focus on breaking records with nine more points required to beat Chelsea's record tally of 95 set in 2004/05 and three wins to break the Blues' record set last season of 30 wins in a single campaign.
That is just one of a welter of statistical feats that have led some to rank City among the Premier League's greatest ever teams.
"Since I came here he has been unbelievable".
His telling contribution is all the more outstanding given the Spaniard has had to spend a lot of time back in his homeland between games after the premature birth of his son in December.
"Eight titles are eight titles and three Premier Leagues are three Premier Leagues".
Second-place United are now 16 points behind Pep Guardiola's side with only five games left to pay. An opening day win at Brighton, only secured after a late strike from Sergio Aguero and a Lewis Dunk own goal, was followed by a frustrating 1-1 draw at home to Everton when Kyle Walker was harshly sent off.
In order to prevent City from being crowned champions for a few more days, United had to avoid defeat against bottom club Albion at Old Trafford.
The Argentine, who joined the club in 2011, is now City's all-time leading goalscorer and has enjoyed another bumper season.