The German played 45 minutes alongside Michael Carrick in a holding role and he applied himself well in the middle of the park. Schweinsteiger’s long passing was hugely impressive in the first half and helped Man United set up a number of attacks.
Despite the 30-year-old’s best efforts, United went into the break 2-0 down. After recovering from a minor knee injury prior to the game, Louis Van Gaal was taking no chances with Schweinsteiger’s fitness and brought him off at half-time.
United fans were extremely upbeat over the performance of their new midfield maestro despite the scoreline:
Schweinsteiger is an absolute boss in the midfield. These long passes are unreal. #MUFC
— SirAlexWay (@SirAlexWay) July 30, 2015
No surprise Schweinsteiger not re-emerged for the second-half. Short of match fitness and has been dealing with minor knee problem #MUFC
— David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror) July 30, 2015
With his first start under his belt, Schweinsteiger will be looking to kick on in a United shirt.
The early signs are promising and more performances like this one would be welcomed at Old Trafford next season, starting with the Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur in under two weeks time.