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Gary Neville believes Manchester United are closer to the title than Chelsea

Gary Neville believes Manchester United are closer to the title than Chelsea

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Speaking on his podcast after yesterday’s stalemate at Stamford Bridge, Gary Neville has provided his opinion on whether Manchester United or Chelsea are closer to the title.

In a game he referred to as a “coaches game”, with both sides likely to take positives from it, he suggested both teams still have some way to go to get back to winning titles, but are moving in the right direction.

He believes that both clubs are in transition and that neither is a title winning team yet, but he thinks United are closer, even after Chelsea’s major outlay on players last summer.

He said, “I think United are nearer, I think Chelsea have got some work to do in the defence. I think that there’s some maturity in their players in attack – Havertz, Werner, Pulisic, Ziyech, I think there are outstanding talents there, but they’ve all got to merge.” 

Comparing them to United he said:

“I think Rashford is probably a little bit further ahead in his development; there’s also Cavani, Pogba, Fernandes, so I’d say United are just a touch further ahead, but they are in the league anyway, they’re six points in front. So that’s suggested by the league table. ” 

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 27: Thomas Tuchel the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on January 27, 2021 in London, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

He continued to suggest that it shouldn’t be too much for Chelsea to catch up.

“But it won’t take much from Chelsea’s point of view to get there, it’s whoever recruits better in the summer, which players develop more, and which managers can get the best out of the players. But I’d say that for United this season to finish second would be a huge advance on last season.”

“For Chelsea to get into the top four under Tuchel I think would be very good. And then they’ve both got to try and win another trophy if they can.”

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This article was edited by Tom Canton.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 32 44 74
2 Manchester United FC 30 25 60
3 Leicester City FC 30 19 56
4 Liverpool FC 31 16 52
5 West Ham United FC 30 11 52
6 Chelsea FC 30 16 51
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 19 49
8 Everton FC 29 3 47
9 Leeds United 31 0 45
10 Aston Villa FC 30 10 44
11 Arsenal FC 30 5 42
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 31 -10 38
13 Crystal Palace FC 30 -16 38
14 Southampton FC 30 -14 36
15 Burnley FC 30 -16 33
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 30 -5 32
17 Newcastle United FC 30 -20 29
18 Fulham FC 32 -18 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 30 -34 21
20 Sheffield United FC 30 -35 14
Premier League 20/21
Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 11
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
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Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 9
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