Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville thinks the front three of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez were better than Liverpool and Manchester City’s current trios.
The Red Devils stars won the Premier League and the Champions League during their second season together, and Neville feels the combination was unmatched:
“There was something about that three. You talk about the best three in the Premier League, the best front three, you’ll never beat those three.”
“You can talk about Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino at Liverpool, I love them to bits, and Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane at Manchester City.”
“But you look at the front three of Tevez, Rooney and Ronaldo, at their peak, were out of this world.”
It is sometimes difficult to compare different eras, and it also must be pointed out that Neville will have a bias towards his former club.
In terms of trophies, there is not much between them with Liverpool’s front three having won the European Cup last year, and being poised to win the league title this season.
It’s probably fair to say that United’s trio were more akin to strikers, rather than forwards, with Liverpool’s Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino far less conventional in how they play the game. With both having had so much success, though, the margins between them are very fine.