Gary Neville explains why Man United lost 1-0 at Chelsea
The Man United legend admits Jose Mourinho's midfield were thoroughly outplayed by Chelsea on Sunday
Gary Neville pinpointed Manchester United’s failure to get to grips with Chelsea’s midfield as the big factor in their 1-0 loss to the defending champions at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
The title holders welcomed the Red Devils to west London looking to replicate their 4-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s side at Stamford Bridge last season, a result which triggered a title push.
Chelsea have conceded 12 goals in their last five games in the absence of reigning PFA player of the year N’Golo Kante and lost 3-0 to AS Roma in the Champions League mid-week without their midfield dynamo.
However, the France international returned to Antonio Conte’s starting line-up for the visit of Manchester United as Chelsea looked to move to within nine points of Manchester City after the Citizens were 3-1 winners against Arsenal in the early kick-off.
And Kante partnered Tiemoue Bakayoko and Cesc Fabregas in midfield as the Chelsea trio managed to dominate their Manchester United rivals Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
Summer signing Alvaro Morata scored a second-half winner after he headed Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross past David De Gea.
Former Manchester United defender Neville felt the midfield battle was crucial in deciding the outcome of the Premier League clash.
“I thought they got killed in midfield,” Neville told Sky Sports.
“Herrera, Matic and Mkhitaryan just got absolutely ambushed. Kante did his job brilliantly. United were just well short in that area and you know that if you dominate midfield in a big game then you’re in business – and Chelsea did.”