Gary Neville lays into Pep Guardiola myth as Man City win Premier League title

The Premier League is Manchester City’s for the fifth time under Pep Guardiola – with Man United legend Gary Neville heaping praise on the Spaniard for his achievements

Gary Neville is firmly against the suggestion that any manager could do what Pep Guardiola has done at Manchester City.

Arsenal’s defeat at Nottingham Forest on Saturday evening saw City win their third successive Premier League title under Guardiola – and their fifth in total. It has been an English football era of dominance for City – who will hope to add a Chvampions League and FA Cup to this season’s cabinet yet.The addition of Erling Haaland and tactical flexibility shown by Guardiola this season has hooked Neville – who sees Guardiola’s current crop as his favourite to watch. City could make a great season an incredible one in the coming weeks and ex-Man United man Neville believes it is largely down to the man in the dugout.”Honestly, this suggestion that you could give any manager these players and they could go and win three [trophies] is absolute nonsense,” said Neville. “Only the greatest managers of all time have done this type of thing through the history of the last 100 years of English football, so don’t let any of that sink into your head.”

Arsenal looked the runaway favourites for this season’s title, especially after City’s drop off in form post-World Cup. Neville, though, always maintained that City would get the job done – even when the Gunners continued winning matches. Again, Neville feels Guardiola deserves plenty of credit for the turnaround.”There was a tinkering from the manager that definitely played a big part in it,” said Neville on Sky Sports. “He didn’t play with a proper back four until March and then they started to get really good. There’s no doubt in that period they were nowhere near their level – three defeats, multiple draws.

“You don’t expect that type of run from Manchester City and I think that’s where everybody got encouragement that Arsenal could do it this year, because of City’s run.”

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