Man City have to expect to win league title after spending big, says Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Manchester City have to expect to win the league title after spending big

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Manuel Pellegrini took over from Roberto Mancini at City Photo: Universidad Católica de Chile

Gary Neville believes Manchester City have to expect to win the Premier League title this season after spending big in the summer transfer window.

Citizens manager Manuel Pellegrini has signed Álvaro Negredo and Jesús Navas from Sevilla, Brazilian Fernandinho and Fiorentina midfielder Stevan Jovetić for combined fees in excess of £70m.

The Eastlands outfit finished a disappointing 11 points behind Premier League champions Manchester United last season, prompting City to appoint Manuel Pellegrini as Roberto Mancini’s successor.

And Neville, who won eight top-flight titles during a 19-year career with United, believes City will settle for nothing else than improvement in the Premier League and the Champions League this season.

“They’ve got to be expecting to win the league,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“With the money they’ve spent, the players they’ve brought in, the players they already had and the fact they underachieved last season they should be
thinking about nothing else other than winning the league and getting back to the standard they were at a year-and-a-half ago.

“Manuel Pellegrini’s target from the owners will be to win the Premier League back and do better in the Champions League.

“So their targets are simple: get through the Champions League group phase and win the Premier League.”

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