Gary Neville believes Manchester City’s performances in the past week have shown they are a ‘dangerous proposition’ once again.
City defeated Chelsea in the Premier League at the weekend before knocking Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup at the semi-final stage with a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.
Those results have provided Pep Guardiola’s side a platform to build upon in the hunt for trophies this season, with City four points off the top in the league but holding two games in hand over Liverpool.
It has been a relatively slow burner for City in the Premier League so far this season but Neville believes a spark has been ignited that should serve as a warning to the likes of Liverpool and United.
“City, over the 90 minutes, looked like they are back to their best or near to their best,” he said on The Gary Neville Podcast.
“If you had said to me before the game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday who would be the favourites for this game, I would have said Man Utd. But then having watched City deliver that first half an hour and then see the game out the way they did in the second half [against Chelsea], it just made it a lot more interesting tonight, in the sense you wondered whether this was City back to their best.
“The way they started the game, the rhythm in the passing was back. Pep Guardiola looked like he had his spark back on the touchline.
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“I said a few weeks ago, watching City, it was almost as if the players had become bored of playing really well and achieving the standards they had achieved previously.
“But I imagine since Sunday Pep Guardiola has said to them, ‘do you not enjoy playing football more like that than you have in the last few weeks?’
“They were absolutely sensational against Chelsea for 25 minutes, they cut them open.
“Their passing was so precise, sharp, quick, you cannot live with it. You cannot get anywhere near it and there were periods in that first half where City were brilliant.”