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United warned over City form

Manchester United fans have been warned by former star Phil Neville over the form of rivals City ahead of their derby clash this weekend.

City have been incredible all season long, remaining unbeaten as the half way point approaches. But their last three games have ended with them requiring late winners in order to walk away with all 3 points, something that has left many United fans optimistic.

But former United star turned pundit Phil Neville believes the form City are producing means quite the opposite, saying the past week has been City’s best so far this season.

“It’s his best week as Manchester City manager,” said Neville. “They have shown characteristics this week of a championship-winning team, without a shadow of a doubt, to have the patience in the last 20 minutes of games, when teams do play deep.

“The celebration after they scored that goal against Southampton was a worry for every Manchester United player and every Manchester United supporter.”

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“That used to be Manchester United, and now it’s Man City, and it’s a worry for the rest of the Premier League.

“That was always a big thing at United – we always made sure we did it to show our team spirit and togetherness.

“This week, as well as continuing their brilliant winning run, I think the City players have demonstrated their character and unity more than at any other time during Guardiola’s time as manager.

“West Ham were fantastic in their defending but what City do is tire you out – they work the ball from side to side. They know the moment when to pass, and this is when they create chances.

“It’s so difficult to defend against. They are just patient – they trust each other.”

“In the last 20 minutes the whole world knew Manchester City were going to score because they have that belief and ability not to give up.

“I don’t see many teams in world football that commit that many men forward in the last 20 minutes of games.

“David Silva is the best player in the Premier League at the moment and his finish was brilliant.

“West Ham were like a boxer in the last round in that last 20 minutes – they were tired, their legs were like jelly, as they were worn out by a Manchester City performance that they had done in the last three games.

“They tire you out – when you are going from left to right, left to right, eventually your legs just can’t move – and that’s when the gaps appear and they fire the ball in.

“And because they have trust in the first touch of Jesus and Aguero, they fire it in and have runners around.”