Gary Neville: Manchester City Have Given Manchester United A Ray Of Hope


Gary Neville believes Manchester City have offered Manchester United "a ray of hope" in the Premier League title race.

This was City's club-record 12th successive league victory, demonstrating again that even on nights when their football does not catch the breath, they have the steel, nous and spirit to eke out a win. Better to get out of the way here then at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Foden created City's best chance of the half just before the break when he slipped Gabriel Jesus in behind the home defence, but the 20-year-old Brazilian seemed unable to make up his mind how to take on Andriy Pyatov and the goalkeeper smothered the ball.

Guardiola is expected to rest some members of his first-team squad with his side already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition as group winners but speaking at a press conference ahead of Wednesday's [6 December] clash, he revealed the decision to leave Silva back in Manchester was an enforced one. "After that, we will see what happens".

The usual intensity had been missing from City in the opening half and no doubt Guardiola had some strong words at half-time.

"It means we have done 39 points in a row". And then there is the game against City at the Etihad back in October.

Silva, 31, joined City from Valencia in 2010, and is closing on 350 appearances for the Citizens. We are full of confidence.

"Our opponents have all these issues", Mourinho told BT Sport.

The midfielder was torn from warming the bench and whenever he tried to reach Guardiola he did not get a clear answer. "They have a big issue but in the end everybody is ready to play".

Taison fired a warning shot and Facundo Ferreyra had an effort blocked early on his 100th Shakhtar appearance as the hosts started on top against a much-changed City side.

It was just over a month ago that Claude Puel became Leicester City manager to a chorus of disdain from pundits who stated it was a poor appointment, and we were even treated to the usual he's blocking young English coaches rubbish. To be honest, I think we practise the best football in Europe at the minute.

With Hazard now entering what would usually be considered the prime of his career it is truly frightening how good he could become if he pushes himself.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, revealed after his sides 3-1 victory over Newcastle on Saturday that Eden Hazard is enjoying the extra freedom that his new central role allows him.