Bastian Schweinsteiger quickly becoming Manchester United’s midfield general

by Sam Peoples

Bastian Schweinsteiger‘s increasing influence at Manchester United moved up another level with his commanding performance against Ipswich Town.

Yes, it was only Ipswich but we’re talking about more than simply kicking a ball around and completing some passes.

Schweinsteiger is turning into a midfield general; he leads the troops, marshals the midfield, orchestrates attacks and makes sure that everybody is exactly where they need to be. He speaks, the players listen. He’s very much a manager on the pitch.

As Danny Higginbotham says, he’s beginning to look a lot like Paul Scholes in terms of his ability to control the pace of a game like a puppet master.

Scholes has never been replaced at United but Schweinsteiger is certainly the closest we have come and it’s more about his ability to lead and control than anything else. United desperately lacked leaders last year but in Schweinsteiger we have one of the Premier League’s most decorated players, somebody who has been there and got the t-shirt.

Younger and older players alike will be benefiting from playing alongside Schweinsteiger because there is a mutual respect from everyone looking up to him. Even United’s most experienced players will be learning every day from the Deutscher Fussball Meister.

Midfield was always a weak point for years at United but with Schweinsteiger in the ranks, it has all of a sudden become one of the club’s strongest points. Now, if we can just get Anthony Martial to keep scoring all season and make sure Chris Smalling stays fit, we’ll have the makings of an excellent spine in the team once again.

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