Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United were denied a memorable Stamford Bridge win on Saturday when Ross Barkley’s 96th-minute strike rescued a 2-2 draw.
The point extends Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season while it represents another frustrating result for Mourinho.
While the Blues are shining under new boss Maurizo Sarri – who has given Chelsea a verve and swagger unseen under Antonio Conte – Mourinho’s side continue to misfire.
And Higginbotham thinks it’s all down to the fact the Special One has not got two strong centre-backs.
The lack of defensive stability is meaning United’s attacking players are having to play ’10 to 15′ yards further back in a bid to rectify the problem.
“One thing Chelsea have got in my opinion that United don’t have, they have that balance right between defending and attacking,” Higginbotham told The Debate.
“Because Mourinho doesn’t have a centre-back partnership that he trusts, the forward-thinking players have to play 10 to 15 yards deeper because they have an extra defensive responsibility.
“With Chelsea, what you see is what you get. You can name the back four, Jorginho will be in front of them and ably assisted defensively when needs be by Kovacic and Kante as well.
“Mourinho’s biggest problem is ‘does he know his best team in terms of defensively wise?’
“Sarri at Chelsea, give or take one or two players, knows his strongest team.”
Higginbotham also believes Chelsea are benefitting due to the fact Sarri’s messages are being delivered out on the pitch by Jorginho.
The pair worked with one another at Napoli and Sarri moved to immediately bring him to Stamford Bridge after getting the Chelsea job.
“When we talk about Jorginho, we talk about an on-pitch manager. Let’s not forget played with Sarri at Napoli,” Higginbotham added.
“Not only do you have a new manager coming in who is getting his message across to the players who are very adaptable to the way Sarri wants to play, there’s energy, athleticism and pace – you’ve also got a player who can get the messages across on the pitch.”