Gary Neville believes Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will have leave Liverpool and Manchester City within the next three years. The Manchester United legend believes his old team may need the top-two to change manager before they win another title – but they may not need to wait too long.
City finished 15 points of clear of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side last term, while Liverpool were a staggering 33 ahead.
Solskjaer remains committed to closing the gap on their rivals, as they continue to search for reinforcements in the transfer market.
It’s now seven years since the Premier League trophy was won by the Red Devils, with only one second placed finish achieved since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
But Neville, who won eight titles during his illustrious Old Trafford career, is convinced the wait will come to an end, but suggests it may only be when Klopp and Guardiola leave their roles.
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“The one thing I can guarantee you is that United will win again,” Neville told the Mirror.
“That might not be this year or next year, but it will be amazing when they win again, and the longer it builds up, the greater the actual feeling is when you do it.
“I’m not sitting here, as a United fan, thinking, ‘We must win the league this year’. Yes, we’d like to, but you know when it’s your time and it’s not yet.
“It will be, maybe, when Klopp and Guardiola leave Liverpool and City – hopefully in the next couple of years!
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“That will be the chance, as they’re two outstanding managers who have built really good teams, but they’ll leave in the next one, two or three years.
“That will be the point when United can come back in and capitalise – I’m sure Chelsea are thinking that way as well.”
Asked if they could challenge this season, Neville added: “It’s out of the question for me, if you ask me today, with the squads that they’ve got.
“If United were to sign two outstanding forwards, an amazing centre-back and a fantastic left-back in the next three weeks, then maybe.”
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Neville’s old teammate Ryan Giggs also believes Solskjaer will need to be in a position to capitalise when the two managers decide to call it a day.
He said: “You’ve got the two best coaches in the world, at pretty settled sides, where they’re just adding players where they need to,” said Giggs.
“Ole’s a bit further behind in that respect, but once that does happen, when Guardiola and Klopp leave, then be ready to strike, with a team that’s capable of winning the league.”
Klopp has already guided his side to one Premier League victory this season, while Man United and City kick off their seasons next weekend, facing Crystal Palace and Wolves respectively.
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