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Gary Neville believes Manchester United should rest players against Manchester City

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Manchester City’s next two fixtures will go a long way in determining the outcome of the Premier League title race.

Pep Guardiola’s side, two points behind Liverpool but with an extra game to play, host Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday before travelling to Manchester United four days later.

Should they fail to collect six points from those two games, the trophy could very well be heading to Anfield.

Man United are in the uncomfortable position of having to watch their two biggest rivals compete for the title but the thought of Liverpool being champions is too much for some.

Wayne Rooney, United’s all-time top goalscorer, told talkSPORT in March: “I hope Man City get over the line before Liverpool.

“I couldn’t bear to see them win it.”

And yet it’s the Red Devils who will have a big say in where the trophy ends up.

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'United should rest players v City'

City beat United 3-1 when the sides met in November but this was at the Etihad Stadium and during Jose Mourinho’s troubled reign.

Next Wednesday’s fixture at Old Trafford is a huge game but Gary Neville has suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer rest players for it.

In Neville’s opinion, United’s game against Chelsea four days after the Manchester derby is more important for their hopes of finishing in the top four.

And with the fixtures coming thick and fast, the eight-time Premier League winner believes the City game is the one to make changes for.

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"Sunday away to Everton is the most winnable of the games," Neville said in front of Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.

"If they beat City but lose to Chelsea, they are still in the battle for the top four.

"If they lose to City but beat Chelsea, they are in the top four.

Co-pundit Carragher already had his head in his hands at this point.

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Neville went on: “So if they were to win against Everton on Sunday, the game to change players around a bit would be the City game.

“That's not them going into the City game thinking United can lose the game, they have to win.

"But with four games in ten days you can't play the same eleven players.

"My view would be that if they beat Everton on Sunday then make two or three changes against City, whilst still trying to win the game.”

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Carragher and Neville then had a brilliant exchange after the Liverpool legend claimed everyone is out to stop Liverpool.

“Everyone’s just desperate to stop Liverpool winning the league. Manchester United, Everton, Sky Sports, you’re all at it. Don’t worry,” Carragher said.

Neville replied: “Sky Sports?! It’s been Liverpool TV for the last month!”

Regardless of which team prevails in the title race, watching Neville and Carragher over the next few weeks is going to be very enjoyable.

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