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

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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 26 36 62
2 Manchester United FC 26 21 50
3 Leicester City FC 26 15 49
4 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
5 Chelsea FC 26 16 44
6 Liverpool FC 26 13 43
7 Everton FC 24 4 40
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 14 39
9 Aston Villa FC 24 12 39
10 Arsenal FC 26 7 37
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 26 -6 34
13 Crystal Palace FC 26 -14 33
14 Southampton FC 25 -12 30
15 Burnley FC 26 -16 28
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 26 -7 26
17 Newcastle United FC 26 -17 26
18 Fulham FC 26 -11 23
19 West Bromwich Albion 26 -35 17
20 Sheffield United FC 26 -28 11
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 15
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 8
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