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Gary Neville likens Raheem Sterling to two of the greatest Premier League players ever

The former Man United legend had to grit his teeth and sing the praises for Pep Guardiola's teacher's pet

This must have been difficult for you Gary.

Not only had Man United succumbed to West Brom at Old Trafford to hand their neighbours the title, he had to to go onto Monday Night Football and congratulate.

Life is just not fair.


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Neville knew what the derby meant

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Neville knew what the derby meant

And the former United Legend was clearly gritting his teeth as he sung the praises of Pep Guardiola, the team and most importantly Raheem Sterling.

The English winger has been an integral part of Pep’s title-winning machine and it’s clear that his game has improved under Pep.

Sterling has had his most productive season, scoring 17 league goals and forming part of the most lethal attacking force in English football.

The year is 2023 and Sterling has just set up Jesus for his 200th City goal

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The year is 2023 and Sterling has just set up Jesus for his 200th City goal

However, he has also missed a bucket-load of chances, most notably to put City 3-0 up against United and win the title, and there are still a number of people who think he is too sloppy.

Neville was full of praise for the 23-year-old and told Sky viewers that if he continues to improve he could reach the level of Thierry Henry and Cristiano Ronaldo.

But according to the pundit there are a few things he needs to change.


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Another miss

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Another miss

“Sterling’s technique is letting him down, his ability to make the right decision is letting him down,” Neville said on MNF.

“Manchester City need to progress but Sterling cannot think this is the end after his record season.

“Sterling isn’t a great kicker of a ball, could he put a corner on the six yard box every single time? No.

“When Raheem Sterling goes through on goal you are not sure and that’s his challenge.”

Neville did not forget to mention ‘Sterling time’.

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Neville did not forget to mention ‘Sterling time’.

Neville added that like Henry and Ronaldo, Sterling needs to put the work in on the training ground to make the step up to the next level.

Although he questioned whether Sterling has the minerals to emulate what the two Premier League legends achieved.

Twitter roundly agreed with Neville that Sterling was showing signs of a top player but needs to put in the hours and commitment in training to get anywhere near the impact or goal tallies of Henry or CR7.

To be fair to Neville it must have been difficult to praise his bitterest rivals.

After all we all know how Jamie Carragher reacted when he was taunted by a rival fan…


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