Neville makes controversial Man Utd and Liverpool claim in top-four prediction

Gary Neville is backing Manchester City to win back the Premier League title and Manchester United to finish above Liverpool – even if he doesn't believe it!

“I can never predict Liverpool – I mean it may happen – but I can’t predict it,” said the Old Trafford legend.

“I’ll go City [for the title], I think Pep will want to bounce back. Can it go next to this that I don’t actually believe this but this is what I want? I’ll go City, United, Liverpool, Chelsea [for top four].”

At the other end of the table, Neville tipped newly-promoted duo Fulham and West Brom to drop straight back down to the Championship.

The other team he condemned to the drop was Aston Villa, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, edging Bournemouth and Watford to safety by one point.

The 2020/21 campaign kicks off on Saturday afternoon and the Premier League confirmed on Tuesday all 28 September games will be broadcast.

The first game of the season sees Fulham welcome Arsenal to Craven Cottage for the lunchtime kick off.

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Mikel Arteta's rejuvenated Gunners team is looking to build on its FA Cup triumph and improve on last season's eighth-place finish.

Crystal Palace host Southampton in the 3pm game before Liverpool begin their title defence against Championship winners Leeds.

Saturday's action is rounded off as Newcastle United travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham.

On Sunday, West Brom announce their return to the top flight as they host Leicester City, before Tottenham face Everton at 4:30pm.

And the other two fixtures of Matchday 1 take place on Monday, as European hopefuls Sheffield United and Wolves meet at Bramall Lane and Brighton host Chelsea on the south coast.

Manchester City and Manchester United begin their campaigns the following weekend thanks to their exertions last month in the Champions League and Europa League respectively.

This means their Matchday 1 opposition – Aston Villa and Burnley – have also seen their first matches postponed.

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