Gary Neville made a very brazen statement during Monday Night Football when selecting a combined Liverpool-Manchester United XI prior to the clash on Sunday and stated that Pep Guardiola would likely swap his front-three at Manchester City with Jurgen Klopp’s trio of Mane, Firmino and Salah.
In what may come as somewhat of a surprise considering Neville’s hatred of Liverpool, he described the front three as ‘the best in the Premier League’ and that ‘if you said to Pep privately if he’d swap his front three with Liverpool’s, he would’.
Although it’s hard to deny the pace and goal scoring ability of City’s front-three of Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling, I think it’s a fair assessment that Liverpool’s is superior — the levels of cohesion between them was evident in the Champions League last season, where their ability was on display on the European stage.
When selecting his Liverpool-United XI alongside Jamie Carragher, Neville could only find room for 4 United players, with Carragher having even less at 2 — a clear reflection of the gap between the two sides at present.
Carragher and Neville were brilliant again on last night's MNF. They also picked their combined Liverpool/Manchester United XI ahead of this weekend's game. pic.twitter.com/g72cph1ZSq
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) December 11, 2018
When deciding on a combined XI between the two of them, Neville and Carragher decided to opt for:
De Gea, Alexander-Arnold, Bailly, Van Dijk, Robertson, Matic, Keita, Pogba, Salah, Firmino, Mane (4 United, 7 Liverpool)
Some of these decisions are bizarre and for them to put Matic in there, who’s been in poor form this season, ahead of Fabinho or even Wijnaldum would be one fans of both clubs would probably disagree with.
Discounting Joe Gomez, who was ruled out of the XI due to his injury, Lovren and Matip have a case to be there ahead of Bailly, who has proved to be rash and unpredictable, while this season one couldn’t argue with Alisson being ahead of De Gea, with the Brazilian proving his worth already to Liverpool this campaign.