The Red Devils have struggled to produce consistent performances in the top flight in Jose Mourinho’s second season in charge at Old Trafford, although they have been Manchester City’s closest challengers.
Manchester United handed the title to Manchester City when they slipped to a shock 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on Sunday in the Premier League.
Mourinho is still aiming to steer Manchester United to a trophy this season, with the Red Devils poised to take on Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley this weekend.
And although Neville concedes that Pep Guardiola has won the battle of Manchester this season, the ex-Red Devils defender still feels that Mourinho’s men can end the campaign on a high.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “This season there is no doubt that Guardiola has stolen in front.
“Mourinho can still end the season with a trophy to add to the two of last season, so you can’t say he’s been a failure but over a three-year period, it’s who wins the Premier League titles that will come out the winner.
“Next season is absolutely critical for both managers.”
Manchester United will return to Premier League action on Wednesday night when they take on Bournemouth away from home.
The Red Devils are bound to be linked with a host of players in the coming weeks and months as the summer transfer window gives Mourinho the chance to add to his squad.
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