By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Manchester City claimed their first league title since 1968 last season in dramatic fashion, coming from behind to grab a last-gasp win, pipping rivals Manchester United on goal difference.
Given that it was their first league win in 44 years, Neville feels that it is still too early to tell whether Roberto Mancini's men will be to dominate the league for years to come like Liverpool or Manchester United did in the past three decades given the close margin of City's victory last season.
"Very rarely does a team run away with it," the former Manchester United defender told BBC Sport, "It's a tough league to win and the idea that a team will go on and dominate, it's too early to start speculating about that.
"Manchester United have done it through the '90s and last ten years, Liverpool did it in the 1970s and 1980s. It's very difficult to dominate over 15 to 20 years.
"We will see what happens next year. The easiest thing to say, and I've heard it a lot of times before, is that City will dominate."
"If City had lost the league on the last day people would have been saying United would dominate. It happens every year, the sort of up and down reaction we get. The reality is that there will always be a challenge to whoever will be champions."
Neville also backed his former side to bounce back from the disappointment of being the sixth team ever to lose the English league title being level on points - the first since Arsenal lost out to Liverpool on goals scored in 1989.
He pointed to the experience of manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the veteran players as the key factors which the Old Trafford side will rely on in the upcoming campaign.
He added: "I think Manchester United will be up there again. I don't think anyone is kidding themselves over that. [Sir Alex Ferguson] being there obviously helps because he knows full well what it's been like to succeed, but also what failure has tasted like in this last 20 years - you can't win the league every year.
"The group of players that are there are also experienced and have been round the block, so they know it is [about] fine lines - you can't win every single game all the time and you will have disappointments.
"It's how you respond to that. All clubs have aspirations and Manchester United are no different. You realise that you are competing with other clubs and you can't be arrogant about that."
Manchester United will start their season against Everton on 20 August while City host new boys Southampton on 19 August.
The first Manchester derby in the league will be on 8 December at the Etihad Stadium.