Neville maintains controversial Arsenal, Man Utd Prem prediction after Carabao Cup final

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Former Man Utd defender defender Gary Neville speaks

Gary Neville still thinks Man Utd will finish above Arsenal this season after watching the Red Devils win their first trophy of the season.

Erik ten Hag’s side beat Newcastle United 2-0 in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday as they continue to fight on another three fronts this campaign.

Man Utd face West Ham tonight in the FA Cup, Real Betis in the last 16 of the Europa League and they still have an outside chance of winning the Premier League.

Arsenal are at the top of the Premier League currently with victory over Everton tonight taking them five points clear of Man City, while Man Utd would be 11 points behind.

Despite the Gunners’ impressive season, Neville is still predicting that Man City will win the title and that Man Utd will finish ahead of Arsenal in second place.

Neville told The Overlap: “That’s my inkling earlier in the season, what normally happens is one team gets so close they realise they can’t win it and then they just go like that in the last two or three games.

“You lose two games and then all of a sudden someone else goes above you. I thought City would win the league and United would finish second two or three months ago.

“To be fair, I’m not going to change my mind on it. I still think City are going to win the league even though Arsenal, the closer it gets… but 14 games is still a long way to go. I still think United will finish second.”

Arsenal lost 1-0 to Everton last time they played earlier this month but Mikel Arteta insists he will prepare his side in a “similar” way to the last match.

“It’s a case of doing things better than we did when we played them a few weeks ago and earning the right to win the game.

“It’s like with any opponent. We showed them what they do, what they are about, what we expect to do to try to beat them and nothing different.

“Obviously with Sean it’s quite clear what he’s done and where the success they’ve had is coming from. Tomorrow we’ll prepare the game in an appropriate and similar way [to the away match].

“But with every manager, it’s the same. We have to look at certain matches, what they do and try to get the right tactics to beat them – and as well the same mentality and expectation of what we demand in the game.”

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