Gary Neville is not confident any Manchester United players would get into Manchester City’s starting lineup but thinks Bruno Fernandes could make the cut.
Man United will lock horns with Man City at Etihad on Sunday in the Premier League, with the former hoping to get all three points to maintain their top-four push, while the latter wants the win to remain at the top of the table.
City have not only dominated the Premier League in recent seasons but have also made a reputation in Europe, with many top teams now looking at The Citizens as a team to beat in the Champions League.
On the other side of Manchester, United have struggled to compete against Man City and Liverpool for the Premier League title in recent seasons.
The Red Devils are on the verge of going five years without a trophy this season despite having an array of top class players in their squad.
While the likes of Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo, David de Gea, Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho present at the club, Neville believes only Fernandes could make his way into Guardiola’s starting lineup.
The Portuguese midfielder has enjoyed an impressive first 24 months at Old Trafford, scoring 35 goals and making 25 assists in 77 Premier League matches.
‘[Ruben] Dias, [Aymeric] Laporte, [Joao] Cancelo and [Kyle] Walker — they’re better than all of United’s back four. Fernandinho and Rodri, they’re better than United’s holding midfield players. Bernardo Silva, [Ilkay] Gundogan…
‘Bruno [Fernandes] is the only one that I think, over the last 12 to 18 months, could… but [Kevin] De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, [Riyad] Mahrez, [Phil] Foden and [Raheem] Sterling.
‘I can’t put Bruno in ahead of Bernardo Silva at the moment, or De Bruyne. I can’t. It’s a sad indictment really.’