Mesut Özil was too quick for Man Utd says Phil Neville [divider]
Arsenal beat Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford for the first time in eight years to book a place in the FA Cup semi-final.
BBC football pundit Phil Neville praised Mesut Özil after the game, crediting the World Cup winner and his teammates with being too fast for Manchester United.
Neville also singled out Arsenal midfielders Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin for praise.
“I think Manchester United lost game in midfield, Arsenal were too quick, Mesut Özil, Coquilin and Cazorla did a really good job,” Neville said speaking to the BBC after the game.
Özil was recently criticised for being too slow by former Arsenal player Gilberto Silva.
“I do really like him as a player but sometimes in the game he does look quite slow, although he has that quality to change the game,” Silva was quoted as saying in the Metro.
The World Cup winner made 44 passes at an 82 percent accuracy and was awarded a 7.3 rating according to Whoscored.
Özil has provided the most assists in the Premier League since returning from injury.
The World Cup winner has scored four goals and made seven assists in all competitions for the Gunners this season.
The Gunners will take on Bradford or Reading next in the FA Cup semi-final.
Arsenal will face Liverpool, Blackburn or Aston Villa if they progress to the FA Cup final.