Bastian Schweinsteiger has defied the critics who questioned his fitness at Manchester United by so far taking part in every single game this season.
The veteran midfielder’s influence has grown with every performance and Paul Scholes comparisons are not unfair in terms of how much control Schweinsteiger brings when he plays. Aside from the Arsenal game where he was used out of position in a running midfield role, Schweinsteiger dictates Man United’s style and having that presence is becoming increasingly important.
If you asked United fans what concerned them most about Schweinsteiger when he was signed, it would certainly have been his fitness following years of adversity at Bayern Munich. Yet, slowly, piece by piece, he has adapted to life in the Premier League and now looks supremely comfortable in his new role.
Fans of other teams have questioned Schweinsteiger’s true importance to United but having watched him week in week out, it’s clear how influential he is.
Louis van Gaal played his best midfield trio against Everton – Schweinsteiger, Schneiderlin and Herrera – and I’m hoping that’s the first time of many we see those three play alongside each other because they complimented one another so well.
Schweinsteiger is at a similar age to Scholes when the latter re-invented himself and adopted a deeper role in midfield which allowed him to extend his playing career. The early signs are that the Deutscher Fussball Meister is going through a similar transition and United are reaping the rewards of having a midfield leader once again.
He’s not the box-to-box battling midfielder which made him one of the most revered players in world football for such a long time but like any great player he can adapt. Plus, this new look Schweinsteiger isn’t too shabby is he?