The Frenchman was thrust straight back into the thick of the action as he started in the centre of midfield for the huge game and he didn’t disappoint. Schneiderlin controlled the middle of the park, constantly winning the ball back for the Reds and getting them started on attack after attack, particularly in the first half.
Even as the rest of the side’s performance began to taper off in the second period, Schneiderlin was still a hugely crucial figure in midfield as he ensured United were competitive in the most important part of the pitch. His energy and tenacity was key as Louis van Gaal‘s men looked more impressive than they have all season.
Schneiderlin made a difference tonight. Plenty of times he scuppered Chelsea attacks. #mufc a better and more balanced team when he plays.
— Chris Fleming (@Chris__Fleming) December 28, 2015
Schneiderlin was one of our best players today. Tackle after tackle, interception after interception, he certainly made his presence felt.
— The ManUtd Blog (@the_manutd_blog) December 28, 2015
Schneiderlin doing the business, subtly and mostly under the radar. Nice to see. #mufc
— Serge Adam (@SergeMUFC) December 28, 2015
Schneiderlin is awesome, key player in midfield. #MUFC
— Conor Kelly (@KellyConorp) December 28, 2015
Knew Schneiderlin would look good tonight. He's flying here. Long may it continue.
— -__- (@krn_brk) December 28, 2015
Schneiderlin showed United fans exactly what they had been missing for the duration that he was out injured. The team have looked short of ideas in midfield and have been unable to dominate their opposition in recent times, contributing to their poor run in the league and their departure from the Champions League.
United supporters will be hoping that the 26-year-old can keep himself fit and get a good run of games in the side during a hugely important period for the Reds. Van Gaal’s men need to bounce back after their horrific run of form and Schneiderlin could be the man to ensure they can do exactly that.