He’s never been able to truly hold onto a starting role in midfield but the position and role he played tonight against Crystal Palace is something van Gaal should be using him in every single game from here until May.
Sitting as a holding defensive midfielder, Schneiderlin was finally able to concentrate solely on his strengths as a player – sweeping the back four, breaking up the opponent’s attack and passing the ball forward to get United going again, his 90% passing accuracy with 94 passes and five tackles shows that.
Schneiderlin's game by numbers vs Palace:
90% pass accuracy pic.twitter.com/IPOVJmvJH4
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) April 20, 2016
That’s exactly the role we bought Schneiderlin for. Sitting as the point midfielder in a 4-3-3 yet we’ve rarely used him in that position at all because van Gaal has decided against using that formation. We’ve seen the fruits of it since West Ham with three wins, although the Aston Villa win wasn’t much to shout about was it?
It’s about time we used players in their correct positions. Jesse Lingard should never play at No.10 role and Juan Mata should never be seen out on the right-wing unless he is lost. The same goes for Schneiderlin and midfield because we need to play to our strengths, if we don’t then we are only hurting ourselves.
His first season has been very stop-start but if we can build our midfield around Schneiderlin as our holding man in front of the defence, we’ll be off to an excellent start.