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Manchester United legend Gary Neville makes his prediction for the Premier League title race

Mirror logo Mirror 20/10/2017 David McDonnell

Gary Neville reckons the Premier League title will be heading back to Manchester this season.

Former United defender Neville is convinced the title race will be a straight shoot-out between his old club and current league leaders City.

Pep Guardiola's rampant City lead Jose Mourinho's United by two points, with third-placed Tottenham within touching distance a further three points adrift of the Reds.

But Neville believes the two Manchester clubs will ultimately pull away to make it a two-horse race, just like it was in 2012, when City won from United on goal difference on a dramatic final day with a last-gasp winer from Sergio Aguero.

"It’s looking that way," said Neville. "They look like the two clubs. I love watching Tottenham, but have the got the depth to challenge United and City this season? I’m not sure.

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"Arsenal? No. Chelsea look like they’re in a difficult moment and Liverpool are not quite there, either. So it's United and City.

"At the moment, City are looking in the better form, but United have got the maturity and I’m sure they will get through the winter months well, which can be key."

Neville, who made 602 appearances in a 20-year career at United, believes Mourinho has ironed out the inconsistencies that plagued the Reds last season and saw them trail home in sixth place.

But the 42-year-old admitted City's formidable form, which has seen them plunder 29 goals in just eight games, means there can be little margin for error for United.

"There’s consistency, definitely," said Neville of United. "There’s strength, there’s power, they’re tough to beat, there are a lot of very good things.

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"This season will be a big challenge to win the league, City are looking fantastic.

"But there’s something there that tells me they're capable of winning the league.

"I’ve not seen that for the last three or four years. I’ve not seen a team capable of challenging, let alone winning it.

"What I’m seeing now is a team that’s consistent, a team that’s hard to beat, that defends well and has got goals in it, so it’s got all the credentials."

Mourinho was criticised for playing for a point at Liverpool a week ago in a drab 0-0 draw, with fans criticising United's lack of ambition and attacking intent at Anfield.

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But Neville said Jurgen Klopp's side were just as culpable, claiming they, too, did not do enough to win the game, allowing United to claim the point they wanted.

"If we left Anfield with a point, particularly early in the season, we’d be delighted," said Neville.

"The disappointment wasn’t just with United, it was with Liverpool as well.

"They didn’t really commit to the game in the second-half like they could have done if they were really going for the win."

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