Gary Neville compared Bastian Schweinsteiger to a dog as he chased Santi Cazorla around during Arsenal’s win over Manchester United two weeks ago.
The Gunners produced an outstanding performance to beat United 3-0 at the Emirates before the international break and cash in on one of the worst displays of the season for Louis van Gaal’s men.
The Dutch boss admitted he was shocked by his players in the immediate aftermath of the defeat.
But he did get the response he wanted as United beat Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park at the weekend.
And now United legend Neville has had his say on why there was such a big difference in the performances between Arsenal and Everton.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football coverage of Swansea v Stoke, the pundit picked out Schweinsteiger’s dog-like approach to stopping Cazorla and how a tighter midfield at the weekend helped them to the win.
If you start to highlight Schweinsteiger. Now normally you’d always want your centre midfield pair close together, linked 10, 15 yards apart.
But in this game they got concerned about Cazorla and Cazorla had him on a lead.
It was like a man with a ball saying to a dog ‘come to get it off me, come to get it off me’ and as soon as he gets near him, he throws it off to Mertesacker.
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Despite the comparison, United fans probably won’t disagree with their former player on his assessment of what went wrong that day.
It was far and away their team’s worst display of the season and one Schweinsteiger won’t want to remember either.
Added to that, it’s further proof that Neville and Jamie Carragher’s tactics clinic in the aftermath of the Premier League’s Monday Night Football is among the very best in sports.