Gary Neville questions Chelsea decision to sell Matic

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has questioned the wisdom of Chelsea selling Nemanja Matic to his old club.

Neville congratulated his former club on the purchase, outlining their need for a holding midfielder, but questioned Chelsea’s willingness to separate title-winning duo Matic and N’Golo Kante.

Neville told Sky Sports: “Michael Carrick’s obviously got one more year but he can’t play every single week so they’ve got to have that player come in and do the same job.

“I believe Nemanja Matic can do that.

“United need a holding midfield player. [Morgan] Schneiderlin was let go earlier this year, [Bastian] Schweinsteiger didn’t get a game.

“There needed to be a replacement in there and ultimately I think Matic will fit the bill.

“It’s a strange one for Chelsea to let him go because I thought he was good for them with Kante and I think they need to strengthen.

“So I’m not sure why he’s been let go so they must have replacements in hand.”

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