Can Man Utd ruin Man City’s Treble? Neville makes prediction for the FA Cup final

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Gary Neville speaks about Man Utd Credit: Alamy
Gary Neville speaks about Man Utd Credit: Alamy

Gary Neville has given Man Utd a “five per cent chance” of beating Man City in the FA Cup final with the Citizens on course for a Treble.

Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest saw City crowned Premier League champions on Saturday evening with Pep Guardiola’s side taking an unassailable lead in the title race.

But Guardiola might not be done there with City into the final of both the FA Cup and Champions League with fans hoping they can bring home a historic treble.

City will face arch-rivals Man Utd in the FA Cup final on June 3 and Neville is hoping that his former side can ruin the Citizens’ chances of a Treble.

Man Utd legend Neville told The Times: “I’ve bought tickets for Wembley. I’m thinking, I want to be there to watch Man City beat Man Utd and potentially go on to win the treble, but I also want to be there for potentially Man Utd stopping them. For that 5 per cent chance it might happen!

“Do I want City to win the treble? No! No! No, I don’t. Nobody wants City to win the treble if you’re a Manchester United fan.

“But if they do the job and beat Manchester United [in the FA Cup final] and Inter Milan [in the Champions League final] you’d just have to hold your hands up and say, ‘This manager and this group of players have achieved something unique.’ And that, actually, it’s quite fitting if this manager does it.

“Sir Alex Ferguson deserves to be the only manager in history to have done the treble because he’s the greatest but if Pep Guardiola joined him, he’d be a worthy companion, because I think he is equal of what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved.

“If you think what he did at Barcelona then Bayern Munich, and what he’d do at City with the treble…I mean, when we talk about greatness, we have to mention that Sir Alex Ferguson wasn’t just furnished with great young players and a great kitty to spend at Manchester United — he turned Aberdeen into kings of Europe, beating Real Madrid, and kings of Scotland over Rangers and Celtic — and that in itself is a massive achievement.

“Then to come to Manchester United and break Liverpool’s dominance and do what he did over a period of time… in terms of longevity and consistency, he’s the greatest.

“But what we’re seeing now from Pep, having been at City for six or seven seasons – I think Pep now sees what Sir Alex did and thinks, ‘Right, I can go on for six, eight, ten years.’ Because where is he ever going to get the platform to do what he does like at City?

“So, for me, he would be a worthy companion to Sir Alex and his players would be worthy companions of our Manchester United Treble team. Fingers crossed they lose though!”

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