Manchester United will be travelling to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday knowing very well that a loss could all but end their title hopes.
But there is no doubt it was Guardiola he had in his sights as he explained why United have been cast into the shadows in the two-and-a-half years he has shared Manchester with the Catalan. "Nothing would really surprise me in this game as it could swing so much either way - I wouldn't be surprised it City won 3-0 but it wouldn't surprise me if United won 2-1 or 3-2 either", Neville said on his weekly podcast.
The pair's relationship has reportedly been on the rocks this season, perhaps playing some part in United's inconsistent form.
"I can not say we are going to be successful in our motivations, in our desire, but we played two hard matches away against two very good teams, Chelsea and Juventus, and we managed to get good results". "Some clubs can buy four".
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It doesn't bode well ahead of a trip to Manchester City on Sunday. "We played with that spirit and we scored two goals like this". After the game he was called in for drug testing and this caused him to miss the return flight home with his teammates.
'The way the fans were supporting us, even at 2-0 down, they stayed with us and backed us throughout the game and that spurred us on'.
United manager Mourinho declined to answer in depth when asked if he thought about the allegations against City. "We were wishing and working for Luke Shaw to be that left-back, but during that process, we played Matteo Darmian, we played Ashley Young, we played Marcos Rojo", he said.
"It is not about scoring for one season, it is about scoring goals in your career".
"But what is behind, I can not say".
Jose Mourinho has described the quality of Manchester City's work on the pitch as "untouchable" while refusing to get embroiled in the controversy about alleged Financial Fair Play breaches made by his rivals.