Man City have lacked creativity this season, says Gary Neville

Gary Neville believes that Manchester City have lacked "creativity and pace" this season ahead of Monday's derby at Old Trafford

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Roberto Mancini's side are 15 points behind leaders Manchester United Photo: Back Page Images

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Gary Neville believes that Manchester City have lacked “creativity and pace” this season as they head into Monday’s Manchester derby 15 points behind leaders United.

Manchester United look well on course to prise the Premier League title away from their neighbours, with City set to face Chelsea for a place in the FA Cup final as they look to end the season with some silverware.

And Neville, who made 602 appearances and won eight league crowns with Manchester United, believes that Roberto Mancini’s men have been guilty of complacency since their dramatic title triumph last May.

“I’ve watched City a lot this season and there has been a lack of creativity and pace,” Neville wrote in his column in the Daily Mail.

“At times they’ve seemed disillusioned when there has been a change of tactical systems. Last season there was a refreshing unpredictability about them, with Samir Nasri and David Silva behind Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli. And they had power driving them on in Yaya Toure and a fully-fit Vincent Kompany.

“I think the feeling among the players last May may have been: ‘Thank goodness! We’ve climbed the mountain! We did it!’ But you have to learn to be serial winners and United have done that over the years. Win or lose, the train doesn’t stop.”

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