Gary Neville delivers verdict on Liverpool and Man United’s title hopes

Gary Neville assesses both Liverpool and Manchester United's title hopes after Sunday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford

Gary Neville says Liverpool are much closer to a genuine title challenge than Manchester United as things stand this season.

The Red Devils came from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw with the Merseyside outfit at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon when Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late header cancelled out James Milner’s first-half penalty.

The result left Liverpool in third place in the Premier League table and seven points behind leaders Chelsea.

Manchester United, meanwhile, are currently in sixth spot and 12 points behind the leaders as they look to claw their way back into the title race.

Former Manchester United defender Neville feels that the Red Devils should first focus on getting their top-four bid back on track before thinking about winning the title.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Sunday’s clash at Old Trafford, Neville said: “I think Manchester United are quite a few steps away from that [a title challenge]. They’ve got a major job to break into the top four first before they can start to think about the title.

“For Liverpool, they’re a lot closer to it… They’re a lot closer than Manchester United. I think they can be happier with a point away from home.”

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Manchester United finished fifth and won the FA Cup last season, while Liverpool ended up in eighth spot and without a trophy.

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