Gary Neville: Manchester United were killed in midfield by Chelsea

by Harry Robinson

Gary Neville has slammed Manchester United’s midfield after they were dominated in the Reds’ 1-0 loss at Chelsea.

Former-Blues player Nemanja Matic started alongside Spaniard Ander Herrera while Henrikh Mkhitaryan was entirely anonymous playing just in front of the deeper pairing.

Neville admitted that Chelsea dominated proceedings in the middle of the park, particularly through Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.

“The United midfield got ambushed, they were well short today. They got killed in midfield, allowed Fabregas and Hazard to control it,” Neville said on Sky Sports after the match.

While Fabregas and Hazard were impressive in creative and attacking terms, Tiemoue Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante, who returned from injury for the game, cleaned up behind them well, helping to reduce the impact of players like Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku.

United are thoroughly missing club record signing Paul Pogba, a creative force who plays with pace, is powerful and is arguably the club’s most technically gifted player as well.

He has everything but hasn’t been available since picking up an injury in United’s 3-0 win against FC Basel in the UEFA Champions League back in September, a game in which he captained the Reds.

Hopefully, the 24-year-old will be back in action after the international break which is coming up. The earliest he could now be back for United is for a home game against Newcastle United.

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