Manchester United legend Gary Neville has claimed that Manchester City isn’t a great side yet and further added, that they have a long way to go.
The ex-Manchester United defender said that the current Manchester City cannot be put in the same bracket as Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. Guardiola’s men are off to flying start this season, having dropped two points in 19 league games this season and still remain unbeaten so far in the league despite a few close calls.
They have beaten all five of last season’s top five this season. Guardiola’s men are clearly the favorites to romp away with the Premier League trophy this season. They are a whopping 13 points clear of the Red Devils. Neville, even though believes that success must be achieved over a longer period of time in order to be considered “great“.
The former United defender said in a podcast for Sky Sports: “I can’t put City anywhere in terms of great teams as they haven’t won a league yet. When they win a league, you’ll say it’s a great achievement. But to be one of the great teams in English football history, you have to win multiple leagues – you have to win two or three.
You think about Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich team or his Barcelona team, where he won multiple European cups – they are great teams. The Chelsea team under Jose Mourinho, the United team under Sir Alex and the Liverpool teams over the years – they are all great sides.
I can’t say a team that wins the league once is truly great side – however, they are achieving great things. We’ve never seen anything like it. But, let’s just calm ourselves, and respect the bigger picture. I think they have to win more than one league championship and a European cup before they become a great side.”
Gary Neville on Man City: "I can't put City anywhere in terms of great teams as they haven't won a league yet. To be one of the great teams in English football history, you have to win multiple leagues." pic.twitter.com/T344HenFMg
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Manchester City holds such a commanding advantage in the league, as no side in the league has been able to keep up with their pace. The Citizen’s closest challenger United dropped another two points in their latest outing, as the Red Devils could only manage a 2-2 draw against Leicester City.
However, Neville was clearly unimpressed with Manchester United’s inability to communicate within the team, with a breakdown which led to an injured Chris Smalling being left exposed. “Smalling has got to flag up as an experienced defender that he’s struggling, get someone else into the center.
It didn’t happen for two or three minutes.” He further added “Then Phil Jones recognized it had happened and tried to reorganize – as I saw it, Ander Herrera refused to go to right-back and told Henrik Mkhitaryan to go back there. All over a sudden Smalling sits down on the floor and then goes off the pitch and then comes back on at centre-back. He ends up picking up Harry Maguire.”
“You can’t believe the disorganization and lack of leadership shown by Manchester United at the end of that game in a game they should have won. Jose will be furious when he watches that back.”.
The Citizens has been off to a flying start this season and has broken the record for the consecutive league wins, after having won 17 matches consecutively this season. Guardiola’s men are clearly the favorites to romp away with the Premier League trophy this season. Seeing all this, there is nothing wrong with saying that City is the best team in Europe.