Gary Neville singles out one Manchester United player for criticism

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After Jose Mourinho and Manchester United managed to frustrate Liverpool last week and hold them to a 0-0 draw, the question before the clash with Chelsea was whether they would do the same again.

However, while Jurgen Klopp’s side didn’t really look like scoring throughout the 90 minutes, it took just 30 seconds for Chelsea to break the deadlock.

The early goal set the tone for what was a miserable afternoon for Jose Mourinho’s side as they were eventually thrashed 4-0 after further goals by Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante.

There probably wasn’t a player on the United side that could hold their head high following the rout with Chris Smalling receiving much of the blame. The centre-back was at fault for all four of Chelsea’s goals and was given a 0 out of 10 by Manchester Evening News in their player ratings.

However, it was another player that caught Gary Neville’s eye for all the wrong reasons.

Marouane Fellaini may have escaped plenty of criticism from United fans due to only playing 45 minutes but Neville, who was working as a co-commentator for Sky Sports during the clash, singled him out for his terrible display.

"Fellaini played so high in the game today. I am not sure if that was something he was told to do, but it just didn't work. It meant he was detached from Herrera who seemed to be exposed and for United it was not a good 45 minutes,” he said on the Gary Neville podcast.

"I know Fellaini has had a lot of stick over the last couple of seasons with people saying he is not a Manchester United player and it is obvious to see his lack of quality in certain areas, but I thought today he was really poor. 

"In the first half he had a really terrible game and it was no surprise he came off and I think Herrera dropped a level after being brilliant at Anfield.”

While Mourinho hauled the Belgian off at half-time when his side were 2-0 down, things didn’t improve for the Red Devils as they conceded a further two goals after the break.

But Fellaini’s display certainly raises question marks surrounding his future in Mourinho’s starting line-up. With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick all waiting in the wings for a possible midfield role, the Portuguese boss certainly isn’t short of options.

Or what about a spectacular recall for poor old Bastian Schweinsteiger?

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