Morgan Schneiderlin’s grip on Manchester United’s midfield is tightening

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s side was unchanged from the team which beat Manchester City at the Etihad two weeks ago and the result was unchanged as well after a 1-0 win over Everton.

It’s not often that Man United have had any sort of consistencies this season but one which looks to be finally getting the game time he deserves is Morgan Schneiderlin.

Once again, he was crucial for United in that midfield role. He completed 92% of his passes and really kept the game ticking for us. While there were some teammates who weren’t chasing down the ball out of possession, Schneiderlin never let his energy levels dip and that made it hard for Everton to play through the middle.

Morgan Schneiderlin 92% pass success rate was the highest out of any Man United player against Everton

For so long this season he has been left out of the side, inexplicably, for a Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini partnership. Thankfully, the Belgian had to settle for a place on the bench for the last two games and low and behold we actually won with a midfield that’s capable of playing football.

It’s so easy to see how influential and important Schneiderlin is to our midfield. With him in the team, we actually have a backbone through the middle but without him our opponents can cut through our midfield like a knife through butter. It’s illogical not to play him when fit.

Heading into two crucial games against Tottenham Hotspur and an FA Cup replay trip to Upon Park to face West Ham, United can breath life into this late stage of the season but they are not going to be easy games by any stretch of the imagination. It’s impossible to predict the results of those matches but I can safely say that if Schneiderlin doesn’t start both, we don’t have a chance of winning.

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