Gary Neville: Man United missed this player at Chelsea (not Paul Pogba)

The Manchester United legend pinpoints Michael Carrick's absence as a big factor in the club's 1-0 loss to Chelsea last weekend

Man United midfielder Michael Carrick Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville believes Manchester United missed Michael Carrick’s influence in midfield at Chelsea last weekend.

The Red Devils suffered their second Premier League defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge following a 1-0 loss to defending champions Chelsea.

The Premier League title holders managed to get the better of Manchester United’s depleted midfield in the absence of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgium international came off the bench but the 20-time English champions were unable to provide service to their summer signing Romelu Lukaku.

Carrick hasn’t made a Premier League appearance this season due to a calf problem that the 35-year-old midfielder suffered on 25 September.

His only appearance came in the League Cup in a 4-1 win against Doncaster Rovers at Old Trafford.

Former Manchester United defender Neville believes Carrick’s passing ability was a big miss against Chelsea last weekend.

“You mentioned Carrick. I forgot about him with Pogba out,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Michael Carrick delivers those lovely slide passes down the side of defenders. Man United didn’t have the quality in midfield.

“The intent to win the game and disturb Chelsea was there. If you don’t have quality or composure, you’re going to struggle.”

Carrick was named as Manchester United’s club captain at the start of the 2017-18 season following Wayne Rooney’s return to Everton.

The Red Devils are in second place in the Premier League table and eight points behind current leaders Manchester City.

Mourinho signed Serbia international Nemanja Matic in a £40m deal from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

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