Manchester United legend Gary Neville has launched a scathing attack on champions Manchester City after they crumbled to another defeat, their third in five league games, against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park (via Sky Sports).
Manuel Pellegrini’s men head into the Manchester derby in poor form and are currently behind their city neighbours in the table which compounds their horrific 2015.
Despite playing some good football in the game, the visitors failed to match Crystal Palace’s commitment in crucial moments of the game which was eventually their downfall.
For Neville, Man City’s current predicament isn’t something new as he likens this campaign to the 12/13 one, where they couldn’t successfully defend their first league title and looked complacent throughout.
“They’ve got a mentality problem, there’s no doubt,” he said on Sky’s Monday Night Football.
“This team cannot sustain success. When you win championships, you’ve got to be able to come back again and show the same hunger. They don’t. They drop off it.
“They get to the top of the mountain and say: “Phew, we did it”. It’s the worst thing that can happen. They are falling well short of where they should be, make no mistake about that.”
The Premier League title now looks beyond Man City and should they finish in their current position of fourth, Pellegrini’s position as manager might well be called into question.