Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed that Jose Mourinho side struggled to pass the ball in the midfield against Manchester City due to Paul Pogba absence.

The France international left out of Manchester derby due to injury, with Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini played in his place.

The Red Devils were strongly dominated by the champions as Pep Guardiola side beat the visitors 3-1 on Sunday evening at Etihad Stadium.

Mourinho side were totally down throughout the game as the made only one shot on target which was the penalty taken by Anthony Martial in the second half.

Therefore, former United captain Neville revealed that Pogba was a huge miss in the Mourinho side at the Etihad.

“United’s midfield could not pass the ball forward,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“You’re not going to win Premier League titles, and the front three don’t have the precision and ruthlessness as say Liverpool’s front three or City’s front three.”

“United in all parts of the pitch are behind the other teams that are going for the title so to think about comparing them is unfair because they are nowhere near.”

“Pogba is the one player who thinks he can play in any stadium in the world and any pitch in the world in front of any player in the world and take them on.”

“He believes in himself which is a great quality to have, and should never be underestimated to carry that through the scrutiny that he has, the criticism that he has, the price tag, he still carries that weight in the team and the team look towards him.”

“He can carry the ball and he can play the pass. The rest look to him.”

“I thought United were in deep trouble when I found out he wasn’t playing, a midfield of (Nemanja) Matic, Fellaini and (Ander) Herrera I was thinking how are they going to get the ball through midfield and transfer it.”

“It was never going to happen, I didn’t see how it was going to happen without him.”

United are now 12 points behind City in the Premier League and seven points the Champions League place which is now occupied by Tottenham Hotspur.

Meanwhile, Mourinho’s men will be back into action after the international break as they will take on Crystal Palace on November 24 at Old Trafford.

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