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‘It was like a Championship midfield! – Paul Parker slams ‘negative’ Manchester United stars after Chelsea draw


Carrick took charge of Sunday’s draw in the capital (Picture: Getty)

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has slammed the club’s ‘Championship’ midfield, insisting the trio that started against Chelsea was among one of the worst in Premier League history.

Caretaker boss Michael Carrick took charge of Sunday’s visit to Stamford Bridge with interim boss Ralf Rangnick set to take the reins this week as soon as his work visa is finalised.

Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay and Fred started in a contest that Chelsea bossed in the opening half before United took the lead through Jadon Sancho in the second period.

Jorginho equalised from the penalty spot but United held on to a valuable draw in west London. Parker however was not impressed with what he viewed as a meek showing in the middle of the park.

The former England international reserved some praise for Fred but described the trio as one of the most ‘negative’ midfields he has seen in the Premier League era – comparing it to that of Derby who went down with a record low points haul of 11 points in 2008.

McTominay and Matic ‘too laboured’, says Parker (Picture: Getty)

‘Fred is the best one [midfielder] they’ve got at that club. The others, McTominay and Matic, they are too laboured,’ Parker told Talk of the Devils.

‘Fred can thrust forward with the ball, we know there are limitations in what he does but we know he can run with the ball and affect people’s thinking.

‘The moment the game slows down and he gets time to think it becomes an issue.

‘But when I looked at that midfield, it was like a Championship midfield. United’s bets midfield doesn’t touch any of the top six.

‘It is quite poor creativity wise and obviously on the defensive side too. The goals conceded tell you that. When you look at that three in midfield, it is as negative as any team has been in Premier League history.

‘Even the sides that have been relegated. The Derbys, the Norwichs, Wigan when they went down, they weren’t as negative in midfield as United were yesterday.

‘That’s the reason why they’ve come away with a draw, they were never in a position to win, they were relying on Chelsea making a mistake.

‘Bruno was asked to close them down quick as possible, he kept having to ask people to join him.

‘You saw that. In that context, United got a bonus. Given Chelsea’s form, they’ve come away with a seriously good point.’


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