Mesut Ozil defends international teammate playing at Old Trafford

Mesut Ozil has defended Manchester United star Bastian Schweinsteiger after the Germany captain came in for criticism following his performance against Newcastle United on Saturday.

Ozil, an international team-mate of the former Bayern Munich midfielder, experienced widespread criticism in his first season with the Gunners during the 2013/2014 campaign and knows all about facing pressure situations.

The Arsenal playmaker said: ‘The drastic interim judgement in [the] English press is not fair towards him. He certainly needs some time to adjust to Premier League. Just allow him a bit of time,’ Ozil told Sport1.

‘Basti has shown the whole world at the World Cup what a leader he is, most of all in the final.

‘Whenever the English media writes about Bastian, they put a World Cup winner before his name. He’s now the German world champion, who should make the difference for United.’