Gary Neville has identified the type of player he believes Manchester United need to sign if they have any chance of matching the brilliance of Manchester City this season.
That player is Cesc Fabregas.
Fabregas has been linked with a move to Man United to reunite with Mourinho in recent weeks, but appears set to commit his future to the Premier league champions.
Fabregas played 80 minutes of the game, and helped his side dominate the midfield on Sunday at Stamford Bridge against Mourinho’s side.
Discussing the ways Man United can improve, Neville told Sky Sports: “Jose Mourinho, since the Liverpool game, has talked about not being able to freshen it up. I thought Herrera, Matic and Mkhitaryan got absolutely ambushed.
“Kante was doing his job brilliantly, Bakayoko was running off him, Hazard and Fabregas were dropping in and controlling the match.
“United were just well short in that area. If you dominate midfield in the big games, you’re in business and Chelsea did.
“I think Pogba is a big miss because of his confidence and arrogance. He takes the ball into tight areas, holds the ball, beats a man.
“Michael Carrick, too – he delivers those passes up to strikers, to the side of defenders, and I think those two players would have made a big difference.”