Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said that his former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich would have sacked him if he failed to win them a trophy.
"It is a moment to enjoy the last few days with the lads at the training ground and hopefully we can celebrate at the end of the season with another win".
"Now we are third so it is in our hands to finish there".
A La Masia product, the left-back was said to be admired by Pep Guardiola and the rumour was much commented on by the Portuguese press, as he now plays for Benfica.
"I don't know how many chances we had and we didn't score many goals".
Guardiola can finish no higher than third in this season's Premier League, which will be the lowest final placing of his managerial career.
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Aguero did not get on the scoresheet but was instrumental as City moved up to third in the Premier League while Zabaleta bade an emotional farewell to the Etihad Stadium. "I would like to say thank you to them for the love and support they have shown me during my nine years at the club".
The 32-year-old looked on from the bench as Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne scored in a first half when his compatriot Sergio Aguero dazzled - making Champions League qualification virtually secure ahead of the final-day trip to Watford.
United last played in Houston in 2010, when they beat a Major League Soccer All-Stars team 5-2.
"I don't think we've shot ourselves in the foot in respect of not trying", said manager Tony Pulis.
"I have to be honest, I notice we are having problems in the boxes and we didn't solve it so I have to analyse it myself this summer", said Guardiola.
"Always with the big clubs, it depends on the quality on the human beings and how long the player has been there and you see how many people cry for Pablo and what he has done".
City will play Real Madrid in Los Angeles and tackle Tottenham Hotspur in Nashville. "That's the thing you have to accept and get on with it".