"There was another player on the pitch who could easily have been taken off before Mario Balotelli," he said. "I think he goes missing in big games for City - and he's the only one - and that's Samir Nasri.
"For me, he doesn't put a shift in. When they play with David Silva and Nasri, you expect the brilliance of Silva and you need somebody more solid on the other side.
"I played against Nasri three or four years ago at the Emirates Stadium and he pulled my pants down for 60 minutes and I got subbed because he absolutely battered me.
"This is a player you'll see when the 'oles' are coming out, but when the going gets tough I'm not sure he fancies it that much."
Neville added: "The football match has been won by what Samir Nasri did in that wall. It really has cost his team. That was the difference on the day."