By Gabriel Agbonlahor

25th Nov, 2021 | 6:00am

Man United told to axe superstar v Chelsea, start Van De Beek and cause dressing room unrest - pundit

Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed Donny van de Beek should retain his place in the Man United starting XI against Chelsea this weekend.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Aston Villa and England attacker insisted Bruno Fernandes should stay on the bench for the visit of Chelsea.

Fernandes has only not been named in the starting XI for a Premier League game twice since he moved to Old Trafford in January 2020.

He was dropped to the bench against Villareal while Van De Beek made only his 17th start for the club in the 2-0 win.

Agbonlahor suggested benching Fernandes for the visit of Chelsea would not go down well in the dressing room but is necessary for the good of the club.

“The biggest thing is Michael Carrick needs to pick the best team to win the game,” he told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“Forget about egos, forget about who the star man is, forget all that. He needs to think of Manchester United and winning games.

“For me, Fernandes has been very dreadful. No shots on target for two months. He’s been very poor.

“It’s time for him to have some time on the bench, nobody is undroppable.

“Van De Beek deserves the chance to start ahead of Fernandes. If Michael Carrick has got anything about him he will do that against Chelsea.

“Sometimes managers do not have that ruthless streak in them. Fernandes looks like one of those players that will be very loud in the dressing room. Maybe Michael Carrick won’t do that.

“Nobody is undroppable. That’s what you have to do as a big manager. It doesn’t matter who you are, you have to play the best team to win the game.”

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