Man United recorded their first win at Goodison Park in four years as they put in one of their best performances under Louis van Gaal to come out commanding winners and Neville paid tribute to the tactics used by the manager.
Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger started the game as the two holding midfielders with Ander Herrera playing at number 10 ahead of them and the pair barely put a foot wrong all game as United dominated proceedings from start to finish.
Neville was hugely impressed by the midfield pairs organisation and he said on Sky Sports: “Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger started to connect with each other. They never got detached.
“It was a very, very good tactic against Everton, who became frustrated and could never play through United. It was a case of Manchester United being patient and compact in their defending.”
It was a sign that van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ is really starting to make an impact on the team. The Dutchman is a huge believer that having the ball and staying disciplined in defence is the key to winning football matches and that was exactly what United did against the Toffees.
Everton barely had a sniff and found it very difficult to get through the Reds midfield, a stark contrast to United’s performance at the Emirates Stadium before the international break. The midfield was run ragged in that game as they conceded three times in the opening 20 minutes but van Gaal appears to have put that right.
Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin have proved that they could be United’s best option as a midfield pairing and it will be interesting to see how van Gaal deploys the pair with two crucial games coming up. United make the trip to Moscow to face CSKA in the Champions League before welcoming Manchester City to Old Trafford in a vital encounter.
Van Gaal will have to decide what midfield he is going to go with in both those games, given the proximity between them, and he will be hoping that the victory of Everton is a sign that his side have really started to hit their stride this season.