The Frenchman, who was unjustifiably left out of the side against Liverpool on Thursday, was a tireless source of grit and steel in what was a must-win game.
Man United fans were quick to shower praise on Schneiderlin after his no-nonsense performance:
Schneiderlin bossed the game in the middle of the park. And pellegirni said they dominated the game???????? pic.twitter.com/lPmn0dd0CB
— Shabaz (@DeadIyJuan) March 20, 2016
Schneiderlin was brilliant today. Makes us look so much more assured. He needs games and he'll be class! #mufc
— Ben Pearce (@benpearcetalks) March 20, 2016
It feels as if Schneiderlin was made for games like these. In an afternoon that was largely characterised by a tenacious midfield battle, it was the 26-year-old who came on top.
And it is no coincidence that Schneiderlin’s inclusion in the side merits such a higher win ratio (58%) than when he is left out (28%). He serves as United’s unabashed, authoritarian general in the middle of the park, and in a must-win game he had the midfield on complete lockdown.
United fans will hope to see Schneiderlin – who has hitherto been unable to have a sizeable run of games at Old Trafford – feature as much as possible for the remainder of this season.