Paul Merson slams two Chelsea players for their performance against United

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Although there were a lot of controversial refereeing decisions that went against Chelsea on Monday night, a number of Chelsea players were below par in that game.

One of the worst performers on the night was Michy Batshuayi, and Paul Merson was critical of the Chelsea striker revealing that he can’t lead Chelsea to a top four finish. Merson also blasted the performance of Pedro and admits that the Spaniard might not play for Chelsea again this season.

Tammy Abraham has been enjoying a good season but has slowed down of late, and Merson also revealed that the young forward has been struggling.

Merson said: “When you look at Chelsea, you’re not going to get into the top four with Michy Batshuayi up front. He’s not good enough.

“I honestly think Sheffield United have every chance this season [to finish in the top four]. Neither Chelsea nor Manchester United seem to have the guile to break teams down.”

Merson added in a column for Sky Sports: “Chelsea could quite easily beat Tottenham on Saturday, especially with Son’s injury, and all of a sudden it’s a different story.

“Had they also won against United, you’d be saying it’s done and dusted. At the moment, they just can’t break any teams down and aren’t taking their chances.

“I’m not seeing enough movement. People are only making runs when they’ve got the ball. When they get to the edge of the box, it’s all too nice, that’s the problem.

“Abraham had been struggling a bit anyway – he wasn’t setting the world alight when he got injured. He became a better player on Monday night, when he’s out of the team but he hadn’t been playing well.

“Manchester United were playing so deep, there wasn’t the need for pace up front – I didn’t think Pedro would ever play again, so I was shocked to see the team news.”

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