Neville says it's City's lack of pace which has found them out.
â€śThe difference for me between City and United this year is that City lack pace,â€ť he told the Independent. â€śThey rely on their passing game â€“ and itâ€™s a good one with creative players like David Silva, Samir Nasri, Carlos Tevez coming into those pockets off the front. But everythingâ€™s got to be perfect for it work and theyâ€™ve got to have space â€“ whereas with United thereâ€™s a bit more. Theyâ€™ve got width and they work the wide areas.
â€śOn those occasions when the passing game isnâ€™t quite right, City havenâ€™t got the Plan B. Roberto Mancini has tried to go to five at the back but thatâ€™s very rarely worked. He hasnâ€™t got many players in wide areas who can beat men. Silva, Tevez and Nasri all like to play in the field, so if you close that central area off they donâ€™t really have anyone to stretch you out wide.
â€śIn football terms, when you havenâ€™t got real counter-attacking pace that can become a problem.â€ť