Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville has said that his former club are the sole club capable of challenging Manchester City for this season’s Premier League title.
The Red Devils are currently eight points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s men, but Neville feels United could put the pressure on their noisy neighbours by winning the games in the leadup to the Manchester derby on December 10.
Speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast on Sky Sports, he said: “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 United are certainly the most capable, I think, to mount a challenge to Man City but it’s about getting close enough to them. But you have to retain hope if you’re Man United 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.
“At the moment, the pressure is all on the other teams because the other teams have to get close to Man City and that’s the real problem. I think for United, they have to win at Watford and Arsenal.”
Jose Mourinho’s men lost ground during the month of October where their average form contributed to City bridging an eight-point gap. Nevertheless, the Red Devils could close the gap in the upcoming month with the Citizens having a tough game versus Tottenham Hotspur shortly after the derby.
United have tended to go defensive while playing against a top-six opposition on the road, and Mourinho would surely have to change the club’s mentality going forward – especially at the Emirates, where Arsenal tend to dominate play with their possession-based game.
Despite the talk, the focus will initially be on Tuesday night’s trip to Marco Silva’s Watford, who have tended to score on a consistent basis. The Hornets have bagged seven goals against the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal this campaign.