'Cazorla toyed with Schweinsteiger like a dog'

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville slammed Louis van Gaal’s tactics in the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal but says the Dutchman redeemed himself in the win at Everton

Bastian Schweinsteiger went “rogue” and was treated “like a dog” by Santi Cazorla in Arsenal’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United, according to Gary Neville.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was widely criticised for his tactics in the crushing Premier League defeat at the Emirates Stadium, where summer signing Schweinsteiger was pushed into an unfamiliar advanced pressing role. 

The 31-year-old struggled to make an impact, and former United defender Neville believes Gunners playmaker Cazorla toyed with Schweinsteiger during the match.

“Against Arsenal, for some reason, and I don’t know why, it was like, has Schweinsteiger gone rogue?’ pundit Neville said on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“But the more you watch the clips back, you think it must have been a tactic.

“In this game they got concerned about Cazorla. And Cazorla, he 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.

“It’s like ‘Come on, come on doggie’. He’s toying with him, Cazorla.” 

Neville, however, says Van Gaal rectified his tactical errors with ‘a perfect away performance’ in this weekend’s 3-0 triumph at Everton.

“The contrast on Saturday was absolutely dramatic. It was a case of Manchester United being patient, compact. It was a completely different thing to that Arsenal game.

“I’m sure Van Gaal, when he think about the Arsenal game, will think, ‘if we’d done this, would it have been different’, even though Arsenal played brilliantly well.

“It culminated in United dominating the game. It was typical of how an away team would create a perfect away performance.

“Against Arsenal it was a complete blip, in terms of the tactics.”

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