Gary Neville has claimed that he would have been supporting Manchester City had they qualified to face Liverpool in this year’s Champions League final.
Neville made the claim whilst speaking on The Gary Neville Podcast last night. The pundit said that whilst he is always happy to see the Premier League teams doing well, he doesn’t want Liverpool pulling further ahead of Manchester United in terms of Champions League triumphs.
“I did want a Manchester City Liverpool final for a couple of reasons,” said Neville. “One, I do want the Premier League to be the best in the wold, not necessarily with these two teams at the top, but I actually thought that Manchester City could beat Liverpool in the final!
“Obviously they are the great rivals and I can’t have them going further ahead in Champions Leagues or titles to be honest with you.”
A direct scenario for Liverpool would be picking a winner from a Champions League final between United and Everton. Luckily that doesn’t look like happening any time soon!
Liverpool pulling further ahead
Removing the Community Shield, Liverpool currently lead United on the all-time trophy count.
The Reds are the most successful club in English football history. The Carabao Cup win in February was their 49th major trophy. United have now been stuck on 45 since 2017.
Ralf Rangnick’s beleaguered side are now certain to end the 2021/22 season trophy-less. Meanwhile, Liverpool can famously still secure three more titles.
The chances of that happening obviously took a blow on Saturday night with a draw against Tottenham Hotspur. There is still the chance of a late twist in their pursuit of City though. Three more trophies very much remains the objective.
In European Cup terms Liverpool are well clear of their Manchester rivals. The Reds are gunning for a seventh title in Paris at the end of the month.
United have been crowned kings of Europe on three occasions, the last being in 2008. City meanwhile are yet to taste success of the continent despite their elaborate spending.
Maybe Neville will be forced to choose who to support in next years edition of the Champions League. For now though, he’ll have to sit back and watch as Real Madrid attempt to stop Liverpool for a second time in five seasons.