Sky Pundit Gary Neville Gives Damning Verdict About the State of Manchester​ City's Academy

Monday July 24th, 2017

Sky Pundit Gary Neville has taken another swipe at Manchester City's Academy on his Twitter account. 

The former Manchester United legend said back in April that City and Chelsea don't have the 'courage' to give youth a chance and accused both clubs of wasting talent.

He spoke out again after Pep Guardiola played 17-year Phil Foden in the pre-season friendly against bitter rivals Manchester United.

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Foden played 74 minutes and was City’s standout player against United in the first Manchester derby. Pep was left 'speechless' after his performance drew comparisons with teammate and Premier League legend David Silva.

Gary was equally as impressed but his thoughts turned to the development of the player in the future. Replying to a video posted about the teenager's performance he gave a damning verdict on the state of their academy. 

Despite investing heavily in their academy with a new state of the art stadium City only brought one player from the academy last season, Kelechi Iheanacho.


Despite his impressive goal scoring record he is not part of Pep's plans for this season and is looking for a way out. Patrick Roberts, another one of City's promising youngsters, who had an impressive season for Celtic last season, is also unlikely to feature for City this season. 

One fan tweeted Neville back asking: "What do you want him (Guardiola) to do? Not win any trophies again? This is a critical season for Pep, no messing about."

Neville replied: "Winning trophies and playing young players isn't an either/or."

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