This incredible statistic comes off the back of Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Brugge in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.
The German was introduced at half time as a replacement for Michael Carrick and enjoyed a spectacular European debut for Man United.
Schweinsteiger attempted 54 passes in the second half, more than what Wayne Rooney managed in 84 minutes. Oscar Duarte, who played the full game for Brugge, recorded the highest number of attempted passes for the visitors but was still ten short of the 31-year-old’s total.
That shows just how much influence Schweinsteiger had on the game. He wants to take the ball, he wants to control the game, he wants to dictate how United play and that sort of leadership is what United need in the middle.
For Van Gaal, a manager who wants to win games through a patient, calculated, possession based approach, Schweinsteiger is the ideal player to have.