Manchester United’s capitulation away at Arsenal two weeks ago was nothing short of embarrassing and Gary Neville had one point in particular which he felt contributed to the dismal day at the Emirates.
Bastian Schweinsteiger was used in a roaming midfield role in order to squeeze the space on Santi Cazorla but as Neville aptly described on Sky Sports Monday Night Football, he toyed with Bastian like a puppy – letting him come as close as possible before passing the ball away.
It was painful to watch and painfully obvious that it was giving Arsenal a huge advantage because of the spaces Schweinsteiger left behind him whilst chasing the ball.
Up until that point, Schweinsteiger had always been used by Louis van Gaal in a deeper midfield role and he’s flourished there. Yet, he was given an entirely different role against Arsenal and it backfired.
Fortunately, van Gaal brought Schweinsteiger back into that deeper role against Everton and it paid off because he was once dominant.
As Neville explained, United’s performance against Arsenal looked like a blip given how they bounced back straight away at Goodison Park but van Gaal has to make sure from now on that it isn’t a blip which repeats itself.