If City win their next league game at Everton on March 31 that will set up a Manchester derby at City's Etihad Stadium where a win over their arch-rivals would secure the title.
Stoke had their moments in the game, but could not just find the back of the net. City went close to a second when Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a risky free kick but Jesus failed to make contact. Pep Guardiola's side have been dynamic this season offensively, scoring 83 goals.
We need three wins, but we are able to do it with two (if City beat United).
Pep Guardiola could be seen removing his yellow ribbon in the dugout shortly before his Manchester City side took on Stoke on Monday night.
Stoke have now managed just three goals in their past six games, and carried sporadic threat in a game that was effectively a free hit with no one expecting a result against the champions-elect.
He's got a lot of technical skills in a complicated league with the physicality, the weather conditions, the pitches, and he has survived to be one of the best players in England for a decade, Guardiola said. Silva missed last week's Champions League game against Basel to be with his family and will fly back to Valencia while his teammates go to the United Arab Emirates. Glen Johnson, Charlie Adam, Ryan Shawcross, Darren Fletcher and Peter Crouch brought with them a combined career total of almost 2,000 league games - the vast majority in the Premier League.
Guardiola said: "We can not forget Gundogan played in the past month a lot of games - I think all the games, 90 minutes, except the last one".
"We were lucky last season to win there".
Guardiola added: "Sometimes in Barcelona, I remember when we played on Monday, a long time ago, always it was not good". "I think David is a good example in modern football on how to play on both sides with the ball".
The 32-year-old told Sky Sports Premier League: "When I play football I forget everything".
Guardiola also hailed Silva, now in his eighth season City, for his ability to adapt to the Premier League's physicality.
The midfield trio of Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva reunite with the central defensive pairing of Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi playing alongside each other in what is an unbeaten combination this campaign.
"In the bad moments, I saw how the club reacted and supported me and when I wanted to talk about plans for the future, they were there".