Manchester United legend Gary Neville has admitted that his former club are currently miles away from being able to compete with Pep Guardiola’s superb Manchester City side.
The Red Devils were completely outclassed by the Citizens during the Manchester Derby last weekend, a game the reigning Premier League Champions won 3-1.
However, Neville believes that United’s chances of finishing in the top four this season will ultimately come down to how they fare against the other members of the top six.
“Manchester City are 12 points clear of Manchester United with 12 games gone in the season,” Neville told the Gary Neville Podcast.
“It’s sobering really.
“(Man City) are miles in front of Manchester United at this time.
“United are nowhere near City, but they can’t afford to be many points behind Tottenham and Arsenal and Liverpool and Chelsea. At this moment there is real pressure in terms of whether you think Manchester United will finish in the top four this season.
“(You) can’t judge Manchester United off today because they were nowhere near this team. You have to judge them against Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.”
Manchester United currently sit in eighth place in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Spurs.