Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has hit out at Yaya Toure for his performance in Manchester City's 4-2 derby defeat at Old Trafford yesterday.
The Ivorian was heavily criticised for his efforts in the defeat which leaves the Citizens 12 points adrift of Chelsea at the top of the table having played a game more.
Speculation over the 31-year-old's future has been rife in recent weeks with Inter Milan said to be in the running for his services. According to Neville, Manchester City will have to make massive changes in the summer, starting with Toure who he described as one of many 'weeds in the garden'.
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"There is definitely going to be change at Manchester City, whether it's players, the manager, people above. Certainly some players," Neville wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
"There are some weeds in the garden and you've got to get them out of the changing room pretty quick. You cannot carry passengers. He [Toure] does that much for the team in an attacking sense you live with maybe the consequences of that defensively.
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He continued his withering attack on the midfielder during his stint as a commentator for Sky Sports by cutting him down in 14 words: "He cannot play in a two in midfield against an opposition of any quality.
Neville went on: 'Against maybe one of the lesser teams at home you can put him in there and play with two up top, but against any team of quality you've got to shift him out of that position in the centre of midfield.
'There are too many examples, too much evidence when watching him where he cannot do his job, simple as that. As a central midfield player in the big matches he just cannot do it.'
Manchester United meanwhile look to be sitting pretty after the win, which came thanks to first half goals from Ashley Young and Marouane Fellaini, before second-half strikes from Juan Mata and Chris Smalling sealed the deal. Sergio Aguero bagged a brace for the well-beaten visitors.
That means Louis van Gaal's side are now four points clear of their rivals in third place, with Champions League football seemingly guaranteed for next season.
There's no doubt about it, Yaya Toure was a liability yesterday. There was a point when, after Michael Carrick's injury had reduced Manchester United to 10 men and Aguero got his second, that the Ivorian had the ball at his feet.
He had the chance to play an easy through-ball to his Argentinian team-mate which would have made the last few minutes all the more interesting. Instead he delayed and played a short sideways pass instead which seemed to sum his lethargy up.
Toure's time at Manchester City is up, it's now time to say thank for all he has done for the club and how he's helped elevate them to one of the best in the country.