Neville: Chelsea Should Sack Whoever Sold Matic To Manchester United

Neville: Chelsea Should Sack Whoever Sold Matic To Manchester United

After watching Chelsea being picked apart by Roma in a 3-0 humiliating Champions League Group C fixture on Tuesday night, Phil Neville believes whoever made the decision to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic to Manchester United should be sacked.

Stephan El Shaarawy scored a first-half brace as Roma – who held Chelsea to a thrilling 3-3 draw at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago – accounted for the Premier League champions.


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Chelsea’s Premier League title defence has already resulted in three defeats in 10 matches, leaving Conte’s men fourth and nine points behind leaders Manchester City, and former United man Neville said the club’s problems stem from Matic’s departure in July.

“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.”

Matic will reunite with Conte and his former Chelsea team-mates when United travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.


  • It is because of this sale and the pushing away Diego Costa is the reason why Chelsea. Is crawling. The will keep going down until the get a good striker and strengthen the middle.

  • The person should be sacked and banished

  • Yes He should be sack

  • Whosover that sold Mikel and Matic must be sack

  • Why not make this same comment when Chelsea defeated Tottenham away and Atletico 2-1 in Madrid? Neville and cheap talk. He failed badly as a manager. Just another bad day at the office for Conte. Injuries here and there!

  • Chelsea is going down down now!

  • That’s not the solution

  • That person who saying this should find better thing to do instead of saying things on media, the worst of it all he is been childish, he have been on media, since and have been like this, so pathetic! Hate speech indeed