Gary Neville has never been one afraid of sticking his neck out – the Sky Sports pundit and former Manchester United captain a man tough to reason with both on and off the field of play.
However, Neville’s latest claim is certain to raise a few eyebrows throughout the world of football. The former defender was clearly very impressed with United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, so much so that he has now predicted that his old side will win the league again before a much-fancied Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are the reigning European champions and finished in second last year having amassed 97 points. United on the other hand sacked José Mourinho mid-season, appointing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as his successor before limping to sixth place in a poor end to the campaign.
With the signings of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire seemingly putting defensive worries to rest, Neville has now bigged up his former side to the maximum, stating that things behind the scenes are far from as bad as they seem, and that the Old Trafford support actually have plenty of reason to be excited.
Pointing to the cycle of English football, Neville believes that a good recruitment system is now in place at United, which will bring success. Predicting that Mo Salah will leave Liverpool at the end of the coming campaign, Neville was confident in his predictions for the future at the Reds.
During Sky Bet’s Big Season Debate – Neville had this to say:
“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.
“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.”
There’s no doubt that the start to the campaign will be a morale booster at Old Trafford, but if Neville’s assertions are anything to go by, then it would be a real shock – given Liverpool finished a whopping 31-points ahead of their rivals last season.