Gary Neville tells Man United and Tottenham to ‘damage’ title rivals

Gary Neville opens up about Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League title ambitions

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville Photo: BT Sport

Gary Neville believes that Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur must set out to beat Manchester City when they come up against Pep Guardiola’s men next month.

Manchester City have established themselves as the firm favourites to win the Premier League title this season after a solid start to the new season under Pep Guardiola.

Indeed, the Citizens are yet to lose a game and currently sit nine points clear at the top of the Premier League table after 11 matches of the new campaign.

Manchester United take on the Citizens in a crunch clash at Old Trafford on 10 December, when they will look to get three points closer to the leaders.

Tottenham then travel to Manchester City to take on Guardiola’s men on 16 December in a crunch few weeks in the lead-up to Christmas.

And former Manchester United defender Neville has told the chasing pack that their main priority must be keeping themselves within touching distance ahead of those crunch clashes.

Speaking on Sky Sports on Sunday, Neville said: “If I was a Manchester United or Chelsea player, I’d be saying that we have to try and get close to them.

“Manchester United are looking at the game at Old Trafford in a month’s time thinking we’ve got to be no worse off than where we are today going into that game because we have to damage them. Manchester United have to take responsibility themselves.

“Tottenham play them just after that – you have to stand up in those two games and damage them.”

Manchester United are currently second and eight points behind the leaders.

The Red Devils return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Newcastle at Old Trafford on Saturday 18 November.

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