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'There is nothing to smile about': Gary Neville insists he wants Manchester United to hurt City's title bid despite Liverpool threat

Gary Neville.
Gary Neville.

By Kevin Palmer

Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have given their verdicts on the final games Liverpool and Manchester City will play in their battle for the Premier League title, with the Sky Sports pundits making contrasting predictions over who will end up as champions.

Former Liverpool defender Carragher believes his former club will come out on top by a solitary point after they play their final game of league season against Wolves, while Manchester United Neville believes City will retain their title by the slenderest of margins.

"There is nothing to smile about here, nothing to smile about at all," said Neville, who admitted he will not enjoy the sight of either side lifting the Premier League trophy.

"I don't think either side will be perfect through to the end of the season. With the Champions League thrown in, I just don't think it will happen.

"I'm not sure about my predictions in any way shape or form and I might change it a week from now because Liverpool are playing like champions, there is no doubt."

The crucial game of the season could be City's trip to face their local rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on April 24 and even if a win for the home side hands Liverpool the title, Neville insists he will be backing his former team to triumph in that game.

"I will want United to win," he added. "It is impossible for me to think I want Manchester City to win at Old Trafford, no chance.

"In saying that, while I'm not that keen on Liverpool winning the league, I'm less keen on City winning the quadruple!"

Carragher's predictions

Liverpool

Chelsea (h): Win

Cardiff (a): Win

Huddersfield (h): Win

Newcastle (a): Draw

Wolves (h): Win

Manchester City

Crystal Palace (a): Win

Tottenham (h): Win

Manchester United (a): Draw

Burnley (a): Draw

Leicester City (h): Win

Brighton (a): Win

Neville's predictions

Liverpool

Chelsea (h): Draw

Cardiff (a): Win

Huddersfield (h): Win

Newcastle (a): Draw

Wolves (h): Win

Manchester City

Crystal Palace (a): Draw

Tottenham (h): Win

Manchester United (a): Draw

Burnley (a): Win

Leicester City (h): Win

Brighton (a): Win

Carragher's final table

1. Liverpool 95 points

2. Manchester City 94 points

Neville's final table

1. Manchester City 94 points

2. Liverpool 93 points

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