Gary Neville opens up about Man United’s title prospects
The Man United legend remains convinced that Jose Mourinho's side can catch Man City in the title race
Gary Neville believes Manchester United should retain some hope that winning the Premier League title is an achievable goal this season.
The Red Devils notched up successive Premier League victories with hard-fought 1-0 win against Chris Hughton’s plucky Brighton and Hove Albion side at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Manchester United have struggled to dispatch the promoted clubs so far this season following a 2-1 loss to Huddersfield Town before the Red Devils came from behind last weekend to record a 4-1 victory.
The 20-time English champions are in second place in the Premier League table but eight points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s men overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 at Huddersfield on Sunday evening.
Manchester United went seven games unbeaten at the start of the 2017-18 campaign before collecting a disappointing four points from four games in the Premier League to lose ground on their bitter title rivals Manchester City.
Mourinho’s side will have the opportunity to close ground on their neighbours in the Manchester derby on 10 December.
Former Red Devils defender Neville is refusing to discount Manchester United in the title race and offered some hope to the club’s supporters heading into the busy festive schedule.
“You have to retain hope if you’re Man United and think that something could happen in a couple of weeks’ time in that Manchester derby that could start a run of results that will put doubt in Man City’s mind, that’s the only way United can be thinking,” Neville told his Sky Sports podcast.
“They certainly have to beat Man City themselves. One thing you can’t do it ask other teams to take points from them when you can’t go and do it yourself so United have that chance in a few weeks.
“United should not be further away by the time that game comes around in two weeks. Man United have got Watford away on Tuesday night before Arsenal on Saturday, while Man City have West Ham and Southampton at home in those two matches.
“So at this moment in time, if you’re Man United going into that game in two weeks’ time and you are still eight points away, I think they would be really happy because they’ve got two very tough games. Man City on paper, with the way they’ve been playing, you think would get the six points.”
Manchester United haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson lifted his 13th top-flight crown.