Gary Neville believes the Premier League title will be heading back to Manchester this season.
Asked his thoughts on the title race at the renaming of Salford City’s ground today the former Manchester United man ruled out all of the two Manchester clubs’ main rivals.
Pep Guardiola’s City lead Jose Mourinho’s United by two points, with third-placed Tottenham within touching distance three points back.
But Neville, who played for United for 20 years, conceded City look a “fantastic” outfit this time around after having the missing ingredient in the last few years.
“It’s looking that way,” said Neville when asked if City and United were the teams to beat. “They look like the two clubs. I love watching Tottenham, but have they got the depth to challenge United and City this season? I’m not sure.
“Arsenal? No. Chelsea look like they’re in a difficult moment and Liverpool are not quite there, either. So it’s United and City.
“At the moment, City are looking in the better form, but United have got the maturity and I’m sure they will get through the winter months well, which can be key.
“There’s consistency, definitely,” said Neville of United. “There’s strength, there’s power, they’re tough to beat, and there are a lot of very good things.
“This season will be a big challenge to win the league, City are looking fantastic.
“But there’s something there that tells me they’re capable of winning the league.
“I’ve not seen that for the last three or four years. I’ve not seen a team capable of challenging, let alone winning it.
“What I’m seeing now is a team that’s consistent, a team that’s hard to beat, that defends well and has got goals in it, so it’s got all the credentials.”