Gary Neville believes Manchester City’s “over celebrations” after matches are a sign that Pep Guardiola’s men will go all the way this season.
City are 11 points clear in the Premier League. They will face Basel in the knockout stage of the Champions League and will face Bristol City in the two-legged League Cup semi-finals.
City have only drawn one of their 18 league games so far; having won the other 17, and averaging over three goals per game.
Speaking on Sky Sports, ex-United defender Neville reckons the feel-good factor and growing confidence at the Etihad is only going to make them more difficult to stop.
“My own view is that United had to damage them a couple of weeks ago – not only did that not happen, but City came out of Old Trafford more confident – that’s a problem,” Neville said, speaking on Sky Sports.
“They will be difficult to stop. You see the wave of celebrations – I saw it at Huddersfield before the United game – they are over-celebrating, [and] that’s not a criticism.
“When you have that wave of celebration and spirit, you can feel it. It’s very difficult to stop. I’m not sure what can stop them.”
Neville’s former United teammate, Ryan Giggs, doesn’t believe that City have the strength to either replicate or exceed the feat of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in 1999 however.
The Red devils won the the league title, the Champions League and the FA Cup in the 1998/1999 season and a high-flying Ryan Giggs was a key part of the squad.
Now, he believes that City need a lot of luck to replicate that feat.
“When we did it, we had a lot of luck along the way – we had a brilliant squad,” he said. “Have City got that type of squad? I’m not sure they have. Obviously the starting XI, maybe 12, 13 players; Giggs said.
“But they are on fire at the moment. It’s very difficult to do – to win cup games, anything can happen. You’ve got to change the team. The way they changed it at Leicester and won on penalties. It’s very difficult to do despite them being on fire.”