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Gary Neville backs Man City to retain title with ’15-20 points’ after United’s 6-3 derby day

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Gary Neville backs Man City to retain Premier League with ’15-20 points’ after United’s 6-3 derby day… as he takes credit for ‘abnormal’ Erling Haaland for hitting another home hat trick

  • Gary Neville backed Manchester City to run away with Premier League title
  • The ex-Manchester United man was full of praise for ‘abnormal’ Erling Haaland
  • However, the Citizens are still behind leaders Arsenal after their own derby win

Gary Neville has backed Manchester City to walk away with the Premier League title this season by a crushing margin after an impressive display against Manchester United on Sunday.

The former United defender believes City will retain the Premier League title 15-20 points, despite trailing leaders Arsenal by a point after their own derby win over the weekend.

Erling Haaland shone with his third consecutive Premier League hat-trick at the Etihad and two assists, with Phil Foden becoming the first Manchester-born City player to also score a hat-trick in the derby.

Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both racked up hat-tricks in Manchester City’s 6-3 win

The former England and Manchester United right-back told the Gary Neville Podcast: ‘She [United] reacted in the second half and played against something that is just abnormal in Haaland and City. I think they can win this competition by 15-20 points.

“It feels like a ridiculous statement to make when they’re not even at the top of the league right now, but I think they’re that good.

“When the league settles down, when they really start to come in, the signs are there, they’re scoring so many goals, that three of their best players are missing today.”

Gary Neville believes City will win the league by 15-20 points this season

He described Pep Guardiola's side as 'exceptional'

Gary Neville believes City will walk away from the league this season and win points by ’15-20′

The summer signing of Norwegian international Haaland meant to many that the final piece of Pep Guardiola’s puzzle was added to an already brilliant squad.

City struggled to convert opportunities last season without a recognized number 9 on the pitch, despite still holding the Premier League title for the second year in a row on the final day of the 2021-2022 season. had.

And Haaland’s ominous ability to capitalize on City’s creativity this season has led many to predict an unassailable dominance in the league akin to that of PSG and Bayern Munich in Ligue 1 and Bundesliga respectively.

Neville also admitted he wanted teams to challenge Guardiola's City for the title

Neville also admitted he wanted teams to challenge Guardiola’s City for the title

Neville added: “I just feel like they can win this competition pretty easily. Of course I hope that’s not the case because I want us to have competition and it’s going to be a really fascinating season and they’re pushed to their limits, if not beaten.

“But I just feel like what I saw there is something extraordinary.”

But the Sky pundit isn’t alone in predicting another win for City, despite being second after eight games so far this season.

Neville shared a photo on social media before the match, still optimistic for a result

The pundit also posted a photo at halftime, with United trailing 4-0

The Sky Sports expert shared two photos: one before the game and one during half-time

Arsenal’s legendary former manager Arsene Wenger has tipped his side to finish second behind City, so dominant is the Etihad outfit as he predicts another title-winning procession through Manchester’s blue half this summer.

The 72-year-old told beIN SPORTS that he felt Arsenal were in a very strong position after a promising start to the new season, most recently capped by their own 3-1 derby day win over Spurs in the Emirates.

Wenger said: ‘Personally I would put them just behind City. The second best team with a good chance of winning the Premiership [sic]. Man City will focus heavily on the Champions League at some point.”

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