Michael Carrick will certainly be hoping for an injury free and successful season at Manchester United this year.
The midfield veteran struggled with constant injuries last season, with the 33-year-old’s absence often causing Man United to dramatically struggle with form.
With Champions League football likely to return next year, Carrick will be as important as ever but there will have to be a balance in the starting XI because Louis van Gaal will want to keep him fit.
Louis van Gaal knows how crucial Carrick is to the team but having a viable alternative like Schneiderlin should ease the load and share responsibility which, in turn, will help United to challenge on all fronts.
Not only does he bridge the gap between defence and midfield, dictate the tempo of games and stabilise the midfield, he is always the orchestrator of United’s play.
An unsung hero in many respects, United were left to struggle through Carrick’s injury troubles last season. This was most notable at the end of the campaign when we endured a barren-spell of poor performances, leaving fans to worry about missing out on fourth place.
At 33, Carrick cannot be expected to carry on forever and most supporters will regrettably accept that the England international is coming towards the end of his illustrious career.
As such, a replacement like Schneiderlin this summer is a necessary signing because if United are to challenge both in Europe and domestically, the squad needs to have real depth in numbers.