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Manchester derby preview: Gary Neville gives his verdict on Manchester City v Manchester United at the Etihad

Gary Neville says Manchester United need to "stay in the game" against Manchester City in Sunday's derby to stand a chance of claiming the spoils late on.

United are outsiders heading to the Etihad but after their recent comebacks, including a remarkable victory at Juventus in the week, United will still fancy their chances if the game is close heading into the final half an hour.

The former Manchester United captain feels Jose Mourinho's side finish strong due to their physical prowess, and that gives them a chance of upsetting the odds - as long as they stay in the game early on.

"I think it’s a big game for the Premier League as well as if City go and beat United it will have a demoralising effect on the rest of the league," the Sky Sports commentator told Sporting Life. "I think it’s important for the rest of the league that they put in a performance and show how you can potentially do some damage to them.

"For Manchester United it’s quite a simple principle and that’s to stay in the game. They’ve got to stay close to City for 60 minutes because United always improve in the latter stages of games because of their physical power and their dogged determination to fight until the end."

"If United start like they did at Bournemouth they could be two, three, four down the way City finish off chances and they just can’t afford that," Neville added.

"They have to make sure that going into that last 25-30 minutes they’re level or just a goal down because I always feel this United team can always create chances late on because they have that quality.

"It’s a case of accepting City are at a different level. When we played Arsenal in the mid-2000s we just had to try and stay in the game as they were better than us, and United have to accept that City are a better football team than them right now.

"They have to realise that they must stay in the game and live for those chances they get themselves and make the most of them.

"It’s difficult because City are in such great form at the moment and there’s no doubt they’re the better team, but for United it’s about managing the game, managing the opposition but always remembering that they have got players as well that can cause the opposition a problem."

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