The previous Purple Devils defender feels the issues being endured by the reigning Premier League champions stem from the departure of a key midfielder.
Phil Neville believes whoever determined to promote midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United must be sacked after Chelsea crashed to a Three-Zero defeat to Roma.
Chelsea have been picked aside by Roma within the Champions League Group C fixture on Tuesday as head coach Antonio Conte reduce a pissed off determine post-match.
Stephan El Shaarawy scored a first-half brace as Roma – who held Chelsea to an exhilarating Three-Three draw at Stamford Bridge a fortnight in the past – accounted for the Premier League champions.
Chelsea’s Premier League title defence has already resulted in three defeats in 10 matches, leaving Conte’s males fourth and 9 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis, and former United man Neville stated the membership’s issues stem from Matic’s departure in July.
“What’s gone flawed for Chelsea? One phrase. Matic,” Neville instructed BBC 5Live.
“It is so simple as that. The minute they bought Nemanja Matic was a mistake.
“Whenever you had Matic sat in entrance of you, alongside [N’Golo] Kante, there was safety. Whoever made that call wants sacking. That is without doubt one of the poorest selections I’ve ever seen within the Premier League.
“When you ask any of these Chelsea gamers who they’d need again, they’d say Matic. Chelsea changed him with somebody who’s going to do the identical job – [Tiemoue] Bakayoko is just not that participant, he isn’t a holding midfield participant.
“They did not substitute Matic. I would not have let him out of the constructing, I’d have chained him to the coaching floor partitions.”
Matic will reunite with Conte and his former Chelsea team-mates when United journey to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.