Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville said he would have his own way of dealing with Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky.
Former Manchester United and Everton defender Phil Neville was trending on Twitter on Sunday night after comments he made on BBC Match of the Day 2.
The pundit was reviewing Arsenal's 3-2 win against Brighton and Hove Albion, looking specifically at a no-look pass by the Czech Republic international.
It was a superb exhibition of his skill, but Neville said, and later suggested he joked, that he would look to cut the midfielder down to size.
He said, in comments reported by the Mail: "If that was a training session and somebody did that I'd be first over there and I'd probably look to two-foot him or take him out of the game.
"If somebody did that in training to me, winding me up, I would be straight in there. I'd smash them."
Neville immediately took flak for his comments on social networks, with users taking jabs at his punditry, and playing ability.
Others used his comments to highlight what is wrong with the English football mentality.
What a disgraceful comment by Phil Neville, a REALLY average player and a terrible pundit. After that comment should never be on air again— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) January 25, 2015
Embarrassing comment from Phil Neville with regards to Rosicky skill. Average player and a bang average pundit.— James Dodd (@JamesDoddTS) January 25, 2015
Phil Neville made himself sound like a right mug people who have a go at players using skill don't have any skill fact it's just jealousy— Josh steele (@Jsteele14) January 26, 2015
Neville realised after the show that his comments went down like a lead balloon, and took to Twitter himself to defend them.
The Rosicky "look one way pass the other" piece was tongue in cheek by someone who wasn't capable of doing such!!!— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) January 25, 2015
The retired defender may feel he can't win, with his attempt to add colour to his analysis clearly not well received. He had taken criticism during the World Cup for his bland co-commentary, and has been making real effort to improve since.
One Twitter user perhaps hit the nail on the head after Neville's apology...
Everyone complains about Phil Neville being boring, now they are complaining that he is too controversial. At least he isn't Michael Owen.— Birrell (@birrell_sj) January 26, 2015