Gary Neville has dismissed the title challenges of four of the ‘top six,’ claiming that only one team can stop Manchester City from winning the Premier League this season.
Speaking on the Gary Neville Podcast on Sky Sports, the former Manchester United defender says that his old side are the best equipped to challenge Man City for the trophy this season, pointing to the flaws of Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and defending champions Chelsea that rule them out of the running.
“At this moment in time, it is United who are closest to Man City but I don’t think Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal or Chelsea are right this season.
“Man Utd are certainly the most capable, I think, to mount a challenge to Man City but it’s about getting close enough to them. At the moment, Man City’s performances are really good, it’s a high level.
“But you have to retain hope if you’re Man Utd and think that something could happen in a couple of weeks’ time in that Manchester derby that could start a run of results that will put doubt in Man City’s mind, that’s the only way United can be thinking.
“They certainly have to beat Man City themselves. One thing you can’t do is ask other teams to take points from them when you can’t go and do it yourself so United have that chance in a few weeks.
“They have to make sure they stay close enough to Man City because it won’t be complacency that costs this Man City team, but it could be pressure as it builds through December, January, February if another team can get close to them.”
Man United are currently eight points behind leaders Man City, with a three point gap down to third-placed Chelsea. The two sides face each other in the first Manchester derby at Old Trafford on December 10th, in the middle of a busy December schedule for both clubs.
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