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. ”
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.”
This article was edited by Tom Canton.
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