Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted he has “no idea” why Bastian Schweinstieger is not one of the first names on Louis van Gaal‘s teamsheet.
Schweinsteiger has been exceptional coming off the substitute’s bench in United’s first three competitive games of the season. He has not yet merited a start, however, as van Gaal continues to search for his preferred XI.
The signing of Schweinstieger was considered a high risk or high reward kind of signing considering his recent injury history.
The pedigree is certainly there and there is no doubting the player’s list of achievements but Scholes is unsure as to why he isn’t getting a place in van Gaal’s starting line-up.
When asked why Schweinsteiger wasn’t starting ahead of the Club Brugge game on Tuesday, Scholes said: ”I have absolutely no idea.
“I was driving to the ground, thinking he would be playing. I think Carrick and Schneiderlin are a bit too similar. Okay, they protect the back four brilliantly but do we get as much at the other end?
“When you think of teams that have players that link the team together you think of Real Madrid where you’ve got [Toni] Kroos and [Luka] Modric, at Barcelona you’ve got [Sergio] Busquets and [Andres] Iniesta and I think this lad (Schweinsteiger), he definitely did that at Bayern Munich and with the Germany team and I think he should be doing it at Manchester United.”
Schweinsteiger has shown during his brief time at Old Trafford that he is incisive with his passing, threatening going forward and able to dictate the tempo in the middle of the park.
If he continues to play as he has off the bench, it will be only a matter of time before he becomes a definite starter but the caution shown by van Gaal recently might be in the player’s best interests as he builds towards full match fitness that will see him through the entire year.