Gary Neville said today he believes Manchester City ‘are the most likely to crack’ under the pressure and backlash against a European Super League before he also suggested Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, along with his senior players, ‘could turn’ owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) into backing out.
Chelsea and Manchester City appear to hold the greatest hopes of derailing the controversial European Super League, with club bosses believed to be ‘losing their nerve’ amid mounting pressure from fans and Government.
Neville tweeted: ‘(Manchester United owner) Joel Glazer won’t turn easily! Jurgen Klopp and the senior players could turn FSG. Man City most likely to crack. This isn’t for them! The other 3 will follow the lead of others.’
Neville’s sentiments follow on from comments he made on Sky Sports‘ Monday Night Football show where he shared his belief that Manchester City’s owners would not risk their ‘legacy’ by joining a breakaway competition.
‘Why will the Abu Dhabi people build a network of football? What they have done is unbelievable to the east of Manchester,’ Neville said on Monday night.
‘They created a legacy around there, arguably for marketing purposes. Why are they doing this? They don’t need money, they have got Pep [Guardiola], the most amazing manager. City must fold.’
Six teams from the Premier League, including Chelsea and Man City, signed up to the breakaway competition over the weekend as part of 12 founding teams in a move that rocked sport.
Gary Neville feels Manchester City are ‘most likely to crack’ and back out of the Super League
Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour (right) is building ‘a legacy’ and Neville is convinced that the club will not jeopardise that by going through with plans for the Super League
Neville believes Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (second left), along with senior players, can force Reds’ ownership group Fenway Sports Group into backing out of the Super League proposals
Manchester City fans protested their club’s involvement in the 12-team breakaway competition