Neville picks his Premier League top four - look away Man Utd fans
Gary Neville has identified his Premier League title favourites, with his former club Manchester United not even in his leading four contenders after their troubled start to the season.
United are eight points behind league leaders Liverpool 11 games into the season, with manager Jose Mourinho already coming under fire after some poor performances on the field and a succession of controversial incidents that culminated with his touchline ban from last Sunday’s Premier League game at Swansea.
Neville’s suggestion that Mourinho will need plenty of time to find a winning formula at United may not be welcomed by the club’s fans, as the Sky Sports pundit picks out his title contenders after a compelling first three months of the campaign.
“At the moment Chelsea and Liverpool I think purely are putting themselves out in front because of the fact they’re not playing in European football,” Neville was quoted by Metro.
“They’re both confident and they’re going to take some stopping because of the fact they’ve got free weeks and they’ve got preparation time.
“I think at the moment do I trust any of them to say that you’re going to win the league? I’d say no.
“But I think looking at those two they’re going to take some stopping with the fact that preparation time is key for those teams and we’ve seen it in the past, Liverpool two or three years ago under Brendan Rodgers when they didn’t have Europe they were dangerous.
“Those two teams at the moment are probably the ones on everyone’s tongue but at this moment in time I couldn’t say wholly that I trust them to continue pushing it through.”
Neville has not ruled out at challenge from Mourinho’s United, but he admits they will need to make huge leaps forward to get back into the title race.
“United would have to improve significantly in the coming months,” he added.
“It doesn’t feel like they’re ready at this moment in time, but again if you said to me four/five weeks ago when Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool and Arsenal would they be contenders? I would have said no.
“I think it’s going to be that type of league so anybody that puts a run together. But at the moment I would feel Tottenham and United don’t look ready.”