Phil Neville has described Chelsea’s sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester as “one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League”.
Chelsea sold Matic to United for £40million in the summer, and the Serb has since starred for Jose Mourinho’s side as their ‘assistant coach’.
The Blues have struggled however, and lost their third game in seven as they slipped to a 3-0 defeat against Roma on Tuesday.
We identified Antonio Conte’s constant shuffling of his defence as the problem, but Neville feels the blame should lie elsewhere.
“What’s gone wrong for Chelsea? One word. Matic,” Neville told BBC 5Live.
“It’s as simple as that. The minute they sold Nemanja Matic was a mistake.
“When you had Matic sat in front of you, alongside [N’Golo] Kante, there was protection. Whoever made that decision needs sacking. That is one of the poorest decisions I have ever seen in the Premier League.
“If you ask any of those Chelsea players who they would want back, they would say Matic. Chelsea replaced him with someone who is going to do the same job – [Tiemoue] Bakayoko is not that player, he is not a holding midfield player.
“They didn’t replace Matic. I wouldn’t have let him out of the building, I would have chained him to the training ground walls.”