No Manchester United player including Cristiano Ronaldo would get into Manchester City’s team, Neville argues with Micah Richards.
Gary Neville believes none of Manchester United’s current squad would get into Manchester City’s team this season.
In a hilarious new episode of Agree To Disagree, in conjunction with Sky Bet, United veteran Neville made the allegation while going head-to-head with former City defender Micah Richards.
Since returning United from Juventus last summer, Ronaldo has scored 15 goals in 31 outings for the Red Devils.
But, according to Ronaldo’s former teammate Neville, that form isn’t enough to push him into City’s starting lineup.
When asked to choose a combined XI from Manchester United and Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s Manchester derby at the Etihad, Neville and Richards couldn’t agree on the Portuguese.
No Manchester United player would get into Manchester City’s team, Neville exchange with Micah Richards
Neville: “I can be really honest about it, I can go through them. [Ruben] Dias, [Aymeric] Laporte, [Joao] Cancelo, [Kyle] Walker – they’re better than all of United’s back four.
“Midfield, Fernandinho and Rodri are better than United’s holding midfield players.
“Bernardo Silva, [Ilkay] Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne… Bruno [Fernandes] is the only one that I think could, over the last 12 to 18 months.
“But De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, [Riyad] Mahrez, [Phil] Foden, [Raheem] Sterling… I can’t put Bruno into front of Silva and De Bruyne at the moment. It’s a sad indictment really.”
Richards: “I think [Paul] Pogba on his day though. Are we talking about form, potential?”
Neville: “If you disagree put your glass here [on disagree]. Don’t start trying to do what you do around Paul Pogba! Put your glass where your mouth is. Shift your glass if you feel that strongly about it and defend it!”
Richards: “I’m going to disagree and say [Cristiano] Ronaldo.”
Neville: “You can’t put Ronaldo in at the moment. Is it from history or is it now as they’re playing now? Current XI now?”
Richards: “If Ronaldo was in City’s team, he would be on 20, 25 goals.”
Neville: “I’m not saying he wouldn’t.”
Richards: “I’d take Ronaldo off you…”
Neville: “Who are you dropping? Foden? Sterling? Mahrez? De Bruyne?”
Richards: “I’m only going two in midfield.”
Neville: “Oh he’s bottled it! Pep’s played 4-3-3 for the last 25 years and Micah’s bottled it and changed his system on him!”
Richards: “I’m going 4-2-3-1. Ronaldo has to be [in the team]. It’s imperative that Ronaldo is in my front line.”
Neville: “Who are you taking out?”
Richards: “Rodri is out. I’m going two [in midfield]. Only to get Ronaldo in. That’s what I’m doing.”