Gary Neville insists Manchester United are no real title contenders at Liverpool but insists anything is possible ahead of Sunday’s huge clash at Liverpool.
Neville has made no secret of his belief that Jurgen Klopp’s side are favorites to retain the title.
However, it is United heading into Sunday’s clash between the teams as the best dogs after Tuesday. win over Burnley. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly gave himself a smile like he led the ruler on display by Paul Pogba.
United remain undefeated on their trips to the Premier League this season. And a win over the defending champions would send United a six-point lead at the top.
Clearly elated Neville told United to take advantage of the moment as he discusses their title prospects on Sky Sports.
“It’s a big win,” Neville said. “I obviously think that with what was at stake, getting to the top of the championship before Sunday is a great moment.
“Six to eight weeks ago you never thought Manchester United were close to this position.
“And yet now they find themselves with something constructive, a growing spirit.
“You could see from the way they were celebrating with each other that there was a resilience that built performances that sometimes weren’t great away from home. But they won when they weren’t at their best and you get confidence from that.
“Now they’re starting to play better. The players they have that are very good quality are starting to show it more consistently.
“It’s a little more exciting and I’m going to really enjoy the next few days.
“It’s going to be a huge preparation for Sunday’s game. Liverpool, the best team in the league last season by far. I think there are probably eight weeks, the absolute certainties of everyone to win the league.
“I still don’t think we’re straying too far from this and now is not the time to get carried away. We know very well how quickly this season has turned. It was at Chelsea three or four weeks ago, City were having a really bad time and now they are in the foreground.
“Liverpool looked strong and Manchester United looked dead seven or eight weeks ago.”
Neville tells United fans to enjoy the moment
Neville insists United’s progress should make their fans proud.
“Now everything is turning for different teams and different times. It could easily turn the other way in three or four weeks.
“But that shouldn’t stop Manchester United fans from getting carried away in the next few days, because why not them? The last few years have been really tough. There have been times when it looked like United were a million miles from the top of the league.
“To be in the lead and three points ahead of a very good Liverpool team in January is not expected. If you had said that at the start of the season to a commentator, an expert, a Manchester United fan or even the Manchester United manager …
“This season it was about getting closer to Liverpool and Manchester City and that’s what they’re doing. This was what we considered to be a success at the start of the season, so we must not stray from it.
“I don’t think anyone is saying Manchester United are going to win the league. But the fact that they’re in a title race… wow, I never would have imagined. You have to pay homage to the players because I’ve been critical along with a lot of other people over the past two, three, four years. The standard has been far below what the club and the fans expect. But they’re doing some really good things right now. “
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Neville tells United to believe
When asked if he thinks United could really win the title, Neville had a message in these crazy times.
“It’s a strange season. If you had told me at the start of the season, we would all have said no – no luck they are far from consistent levels.
“But as I sit here tonight why shouldn’t Manchester United fans believe and why should this team not believe. You look at that Rashford front line, [Edinson] Cavani, [Anthony] Martial, [Mason] Greenwood.
“You look at midfielder four, you look at Fernandes, who might not be at his best tonight, but Pogba steps in.
“They have fantastic players and the other teams are not having a great time.
“I think City right now are the ones maybe just cool and calm and no one is really talking about it.
“But City are starting to have very good form and maybe that is the real danger. And when City are on top, as United found out last week, United are still a bit below. “
Neville turns to Liverpool
Neville suggested it would be Liverpool to feel the heat entering the huge Anfield clash on Sunday.
“The next few days, it’s time to have a little fun,” the expert continued.
“I don’t think it will be a comfortable few days for Liverpool. I don’t think they expected Manchester United to be near them or see them as a contender or a threat this season. Which is why it can be a bit of fun for Manchester United fans.
“But I also think these players believe they can have a really special season. No fans it’s weird, it changes every week and you don’t know what’s going to happen.
“There is an element of unpredictability in the season and Manchester United could exploit it.”
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