Gary Neville on Liverpool vs Man City
Following Sunday’s north London derby, Gary Neville recorded his latest podcast for Sky Sports.
According to the former Man United right-back, Liverpool are playing like they’re on course to win the title.
Neville was making his comments after Liverpool’s 3-0 win at Burnley on Saturday.
Man City also won on Saturday, as they beat Brighton 4-0 before the international break.
Aymeric Laporte’s injury & did Man City make a mistake not retaining Vincent Kompany?
Liverpool are two points clear of Man City.
However, Neville confidently predicted that the Sky Blues will drop more points this season if Aymeric Laporte’s injury is as bad as feared.
Laporte suffered a knee injury against Brighton in the first-half.
Amid fears that the Frenchman could be sidelined for months, Neville is concerned about City’s backline.
John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi now seem set to play together at centre-back, with Fernandinho the most likely alternative option.
With the aid of hindsight, Gary Neville outlined that City made a mistake in allowing Vincent Kompany to leave this summer.
Neville argued that Kompany was pivotal in City’s title-winning campaign in 2018-19:
City – I think that’s a big problem for them, Laporte.
If he gets a serious injury – I said a few weeks ago – I’m struggling to understand why they didn’t follow through on Harry Maguire with Kompany leaving.
I think that will cost City points.
Defending Man United & Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
After losing at home to Crystal Palace, Man United dropped two more points in a 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday.
Heading into the international break, Man United are 8th with five points from four games.
So should Man United fans be worried about how the season is progressing under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer?
Neville urged supporters to remain patient, noting that Man United are likely to have more results like the one at Southampton in the near future:
(Man United) just don’t have that clinical element to see (the game) off.
I think Man United are on the right track… The first thing Man United have to do is have a group of people in the dressing room who want to be there.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is trying to play the long game. He needs support from up-above. He needs really strong leadership over two to three seasons to be able to have the four or five transfer windows he needs.
Neville on Arsenal’s Bernd Leno
When it came to assessing Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham, Gary Neville expressed his doubts about Gunners goalie Bernd Leno.
While Neville was critical of Arsenal’s backline as a whole, Leno attracted specific criticism:
Today you talk about the threat, the intensity, good parts of the game, you still have to mention the fact that they look sloppy and rash at the back.
We talked about the goalkeeper’s mistake, I don’t quite trust him, I don’t think he’s anywhere near the class of the other top goalkeepers we have in the league.
The two centre-backs, they’re rash. You could argue that Hector Bellerin’s got to come back in, that Rob Holding’s got to come back in, Kieran Tierney’s got to come back in. So that back four can be strengthened.
But you still fear that that back four will always still not be good enough for where Arsenal want to be, and they somehow from somewhere need to unearth a centre-back that’s going to hold that back-line together.
So I think there’s still the fear for Arsenal that they look like they’re all over the place at the back when they have good players against them.