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Gary Neville claims ‘something is growing’ at Manchester United

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Gary Neville has credited Manchester United‘s ‘game-changers’ for transforming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side into title contenders. 

Neville has been impressed by United’s ‘progress’ and believes their ‘confidence is growing’ as they have won eight of their last 10 in the Premier League and moved level on points with Liverpool following their 2-1 win over Aston Villa. 

Neville does, however, recognise that United are not the ‘finished article’ and insists they must maintain consistency to be within a chance of securing the title. 

Manchester United have won their last eight games and gone level on points with Liverpool

Neville has hailed the individual quality of the United players and believes it is the likes of Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Martial who have revived the club’s form. 

The Sky Sports pundit claims United’s victory over Villa was a ‘big win’ and believes the momentum they have developed will be beneficial in their top of the table clash with Liverpool on January 17.    

He said on The Gary Neville Podcast: ‘It was a big, big win for United.

‘I’m so looking forward to that [Liverpool game]. Not because I’m here thinking United can go to Anfield and win, but because United have become competitive out of nowhere.

Gary Neville has credited Manchester United's game-changers for transforming the club

Gary Neville has credited Manchester United’s game-changers for transforming the club

Neville hailed the individual quality of the Manchester United players - calling out the likes of Bruno Fernandes for his contributions

Neville praised Anthony Martial after he helped Manchester United go joint-top of the Premier League table by scoring against Aston Villa

Neville says that he is impressed by United’s ‘progress’ and that their ‘confidence is growing’

‘I remember sitting at Old Trafford after that Manchester derby [goalless draw], sat with Roy Keane and Micah Richards, saying that Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham were far ahead of the two Manchester clubs at this moment in time.

‘If you’d have said at the start of the season, or even five weeks ago, that United would be level with Liverpool, I’d have said no chance, that can’t happen.

‘That shows how unusual this season is. What Manchester United have is a lot of match-winners – Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial, Daniel James, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford… Game-changers.

‘They do it in moments, and they don’t always have to be playing well when you have those players on the pitch.

‘The performances are getting better, it’s a work in progress, it’s not by any stretch the finished article. At times in games they mesmerise you for 10 minutes, and then can turn into a nightmare for 10 minutes.

The Sky Sports pundit does however recognise that Man United are not the 'finished article'

The Sky Sports pundit does however recognise that Man United are not the ‘finished article’ 

Man United are due to take on Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in a top of the table clash on January 17

Man United are due to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in a top of the table clash on January 17

‘But there’s confidence building, something is growing, there’s a spirit at the end of the game with the players celebrating was nice to see.

‘I think a couple of years ago I said quite publicly at times there was a team I didn’t like watching wearing those red shirts. I see them now, and I felt last season they looked a lot happier, and this season they seem happier again.

‘Who knows? I don’t think they’ll win the league, I don’t think they’re quite there, but I didn’t think they’d be anywhere near at this stage, and they are.

‘And for that, we’ll look forward to that trip to Anfield with great glee – and hope we can tweak the tail of the tiger a little bit more!’

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