Manchester City looking over their shoulders, says Phil Neville

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The Premier League champions will be worried by Liverpool and Southampton in the race for fourth place.

BBC Sport pundit Phil Neville believes Manchester City will now be looking over their shoulders in the Premier League table.

City were beaten 4-2 by rivals Manchester United on Sunday in the Manchester derby, leaving them fourth in the table and with very little chance of retaining their Premier League title.

The loss to United was their sixth defeat in their last eight games, a run which has seen them slide from second in the table to where they are now in and Neville believes they will now be looking over their shoulders at Liverpool and Southampton.

“Their players will be looking over their shoulders at Southampton and Liverpool,” wrote Neville.

“The title is gone - now they are in fourth and fighting for a Champions League place. [They will be] trying to turn things round while they are in a situation where there are lots of questions over their futures, and that of Pellegrini, too.”

Hard to turn things around 

The former Everton and Manchester United defender also says that the performance of the City side in the Manchester derby was also a clear indication of where they are as a team.

Despite taking the lead through Sergio Aguero’s early goal, Manuel Pellegrini’s side surrendered their lead easily and never looked like coming back into it when United had taken the lead.

As far as Neville is concerned, it will be hard for the Chilean to turn things around with just six games left of the season.

“City's performance told us a lot about where they are at as a team at the moment,” he added.

“I saw a lack of organisation and, at times, a lack of spirit. If this was the start of the season, it would be easier to try to flip the mood and their momentum, but with six games left it is far more difficult.”

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