Gary Neville: Two Man Utd players were "embarrassing" against Chelsea

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Not one Manchester United player showed any kind of fight against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Red Devils deserved to lose 4-0 at Stamford Bridge having made a number of basic errors in the build-up to Pedro, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and N'Golo Kante's goals.

Jose Mourinho summed up his side's performance perfectly in a post-match interview with Sky Sports, describing the mistakes made as "incredible".


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"In the first minute, you analyse the goal and you see what happened," he said. "We made incredible defensive mistakes, individual defensive mistakes, and we paid for that.

"It started bad. After a few seconds, we were losing 1-0. Then you are close to 1-1, and another defensive mistake and it's 2-0.

"Then you are close to 2-1 and they score, 3-0, on the counter-attack. You are close to 3-1 and they score, 4-0, on the counter-attack.

"You come with a strategy and you can't concede a goal in the first minute. That changed the game completely."

Mourinho refused to single out any of United's players, but for club legend and pundit Gary Neville, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera were "embarrassing" at the Bridge.

Again speaking on Sky Sports, Neville slammed the midfield duo for their defensive contributions and how they allowed Kante to score Chelsea's fourth goal with such ease.

"It was embarrassing from Pogba and Herrera," he said, per Goal. "Kante just walked through them. They are the midfield players.

"Kante's just walked through, Hazard's just walked through. The first goal was just a joke.

"Manchester United have signed £180 million worth of midfielders over the past few years and I still don't know which is the best pair."

Neville raises an interesting point that Mourinho has yet to work out his best midfield partnership, with Owen Hargreaves recently suggesting Michael Carrick should be reinstated.

The 35-year-old is one of United's most experienced and consistent players but has played just 12 minutes worth of football in the Premier League this season.

"The player closest to [Andrea] Pirlo is Carrick that he had at Juventus when he was at his best," Hargreaves said on BT Sport.

"I think Mourinho is trying to find [Pogba's] best partner, and I think Carrick should play in this team."

Playing Carrick alongside Pogba would not only add stability in front of United's defence but give the Frenchman freedom to roam in the knowledge he has cover.

One thing's for sure: Mourinho needs to make a number of changes to his line-up before Wednesday's EFL Cup clash with rivals Manchester City.

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