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Gary Neville: ‘Chelsea’s Eden Hazard showed a lack of maturity against Manchester United’


Eden Hazard ‘made it easy’ for Ander Herrera in Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Chelsea, according to Gary Neville.

The 26-year-old was kept quiet throughout the 90 minutes after Jose Mourinho told Herrera to stick by the winger all match.

Hazard has been one of Chelsea’s standout players this campaign but was below par on Sunday and Neville questioned the Belgium international’s maturity.

“I’ve got loads of time for him, a great player,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“I always think that maybe he needs to go that step further. Is he a little bit timid to be what would be a real selfish and horrible best player in the world? A Cristiano [Ronaldo] or [Lionel] Messi that really has that drive and determination.

“Against Manchester United I thought he accepted things too easily. He made it easy for Herrera far too often.

“He showed a lack of maturity and a little bit of naivety.

“He almost thought ‘this is really difficult, he’s man-marking me’ and accepted it. He didn’t go and do something different.

“Hazard fell short in his understanding of playing against the man-marker. He needed to play high and wide or high and through the middle – and next time he might.”

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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