Gary Neville has sensationally backed former club Manchester United to win the Premier League title before Liverpool.
The Red Devils missed out on Champions League football last season with a sixth-place finish, while Jurgen Klopp’s men ended up just one point behind champions Manchester City, achieving a club-record tally of 97 points.
“I don’t sit here every day as a United fan and think my world’s ending,” said Neville on Sky Bet’s The Big Debate.
“I just see it as a cycle. I grew up for the first 18 years of my life and I didn’t see a league title at Manchester United. And the next 20 or 25 years was glorious. It was like heaven.
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“But now it’s tough. I don’t sit here every day thinking, ‘Oh my god if they don’t win the league this year, if they don’t do this this year, if they don’t get that player’. Where’s the panic?”
Neville then said he wasn’t worried about other teams in the league improving.
He added: “No it doesn’t concern me. It genuinely does not concern me because it can be corrected by a little bit of money on the stadium and good decisions in the boardroom and good decisions in the recruitment department.
“What I’m saying is, Liverpool, City, Tottenham, all these clubs have had poor recruitment policies over the last 25 or 30 years at times. So United are going through one at the moment.
“Eventually they will stumble upon the right recruitment system, the right recruitment people, they’ll get a great manager – hopefully that’s Ole – and they’ll start to win again. That’s going to happen.
“I can guarantee you as clear as day, Manchester United will win again. They’ll probably win the league before Liverpool, in my opinion. And that’s not being disrespectful, they’ll probably win the league before Liverpool.”
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This caused former Liverpool man Jamie Carragher to interject, saying United will not win a Champions League before Liverpool.
Neville swiftly replied: “Maybe not, but I think they’ll win a league before Liverpool. They’re more ripe, they’re closer than you think and it’s not as bad as you think. That’s always the way it is.
“And Liverpool, Salah’s going to leave in the next 12 months, I can see it already. He [Carragher] knows, he won’t say it. I can see it, you can feel it, you can smell it.”
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