Gary Neville makes ‘worrying’ Newcastle United claim despite Manchester United draw

Sky Sports pundit and former England defender predicts more tough times to come for Newcastle, Burnley and Leeds United in Premier League relegation battle.

<p>Sky Sports Broadcaster Gary Neville</p>

Sky Sports Broadcaster Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Newcastle United are “worrying” him in their battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League this season.

Despite earning a point from a 1-1 draw with the Red Devils last night, United remain in the bottom three of the table.

Although they have closed the gap on 17th placed Watford to just two points, the Hornets have played three less league fixtures than Eddie Howe’s side.

Although Newcastle are expected to splash the cash and strengthen in the January transfer window, Neville believes there is still a lot of work ahead if they are going to survive.

What did Gary Neville say about Newcastle United, Leeds United and Burnley?

Newcastle head coach Eddie Howe (l) with assistant Jason Tindall during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on December 27, 2021

Gary Neville spoke after Newcastle United’s 1-1 draw with old club Manchester United and says that both Newcastle and Leeds United “worry” him.

The former England defender also fears for Burnley who are level on points with Newcastle but have played three games less.

Neville said: “I’ve got no surety on that prediction about Burnley (surviving), but it’s the most worried I’ve been about Burnley going down.

“It’s not because Burnley have regressed, I think the quality of the league is so good, and if Newcastle and Leeds play to the standard I think they can do, then I think Burnley could be in serious trouble.

“The reason I said that I think Burnley will survive is because I think I trust them in terms of consistency more than the others.”

He continued: “Leeds and Newcastle are both worrying me. Leeds are flaky, I know they’ve got injuries at the moment, but they are a little bit flaky. If they get [Patrick] Bamford and Kalvin Phillips back, and the others, then they should just be okay.

“With Newcastle they keep pointing towards this January transfer window as if it’s going to be this magical moment; they’re still going to have a massive amount to do.

“Burnley I’ve said because I trust them and they’ve done it before, but I am more worried about Burnley than I’ve ever been before because the quality of the league is the best I’ve ever seen.”

Who are Newcastle United playing next?

Las night’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United was Newcastle United’s penultimate fixture of 2021.

Eddie Howe’s side are back in action on Thursday (December 30) as they face former manager Rafa Benitez and his Everton side at Goodison Park.

They kick off 2022 on January 2 away to Southampton.

Newcastle are currently 19th in the Premier League table and have played 19 games - meaning they are officially half way through their 2021/22 league campaign.

They have won just one league match all season, a 1-0 victory at home to fellow stragglers Burnley on December 4.

No side in Premier League history has ever survived with such a low points total at this stage of the season but United will have considerable resources to call upon in the January transfer window thanks to the backing of their new Saudi Arabian financed ownership.