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Neville: Spending alone won´t reel in United

7 April 2013 15:04

Gary Neville has claimed Manchester City must do more than simply spend, if they are to match it with champions-in-wait Manchester United.

The two local rivals, who occupy the top two spots in the Premier League, clash on Monday with United 15 points clear at the top and virtually assured of the title.

But former United defender Neville has urged the Citizens not to do anything drastic over the summer and believes trigger-happy Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich serves as a reminder that money does not guarantee success.

"The temptation now would be to think they have to spend another 150 million pounds to redress the balance or to sack the manager to bring about changes," Neville wrote in his Daily Mail column.

"But that way is addictive; just look at Chelsea. You continually need to spend 'just another' 150m pounds to keep up, or to sack 'just one more' manager to effect change.

"If City's aim is to be truly great, they should match their rhetoric about building a long-term future and stick to the philosophy they now espouse."

Neville, who combines commentary duties with a coaching role with the England national team, has blamed City's weak title defence on complacency, with the soon-to-be dethroned champions resting on their laurels.

"I think the feeling among the players last May may have been: 'Thank goodness! We've climbed the mountain! We did it!'" Neville said.

"But you have to learn to be serial winners and United have done that over the years. Win or lose, the train doesn't stop. You have to keep going.

"Instilling that relentlessness into his players over the years has been Sir Alex Ferguson's greatest feat."

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
8 April 2013
Game week
32
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Old Trafford (Manchester)
Attendance
75498

Goals

0 - 1
52' J. Milner
 (assist by S. Nasri)
V. Kompany (OG) 59'  
1 - 1
1 - 2
78' S. Agüero
 (assist by Y. Touré)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
5
3
2 90+2'
4
16
18
11
20
10 32'
19
Coach: A. Ferguson
# Player Bookings
1
4 42' 59'
22
5 90+1'
33
8
18 90'
7 52'
21 29'
42
32 85'
Coach: R. Mancini

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
7 90+4'
14
26
13
17
23
28
# Player Bookings
16 78'
6
14
10
13
28
30

Thursday 23 October

16:07
15:55
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15:15
14:25
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14:07
13:54
13:48
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13:01
12:48
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12:16
10:34
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00:13
00:13
00:13
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Wednesday 22 October

23:57
23:55
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22:54
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02:51
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Tuesday 21 October

23:59
23:57
23:50
23:47
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23:19
23:01
23:00
23:00
22:51
22:44
22:43
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21:05
20:59
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14:57
14:37
14:04
13:04
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05:16
04:44
04:37
04:19
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03:23
03:07
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01:12
00:11
00:07

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 8 +15 22
2 8 +10 17
3 8 +14 16
4 8 +4 13
5 8 +1 13
6 8 +3 12
7 8 +2 11
8 8 +1 11
9 8 -1 11
10 8 -1 11
11 8 +0 10
12 8 -8 10
13 8 +0 9
14 8 -1 9
15 8 -2 9
16 8 -3 8
17 8 -7 8
18 8 -6 7
19 8 -9 4
20 8 -12 4

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