Morgan Schneiderlin delivered a supreme midfield performance in Manchester United’s late 2-1 win over Watford.
The Frenchman, in what was a furiously scrappy midfield battle, dominated proceedings all afternoon alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger.
A quick look at the stats shows how imposing he was: 85% passing, 6 interceptions, 5 clearances, 1 block, 3 professional fouls (via Squawka).
While his midfield counterpart will grab the headlines for his injury time winner, the Frenchman’s constant aggression and firmness was of equal value.
Indeed, the 26-year-old rarely grabs headlines. However, his mastery of the ugly – yet vital – side of the game will be crucial in United’s bid for the title this season.
On numerous occasions, perhaps most pertinently against Arsenal, Louis van Gaal‘s side can look slow and easily penetrable in Schneiderlin’s absence. But, when included, his incredible energy and ability to break up opposition attacks makes Man United the most defensively formidable side in the Premier League.
I’m a big fan of Schneiderlin. He’s a player who doesn’t mind doing the dirty jobs in midfield and I think he is going to be a player who only fans who watch him every week can truly appreciate.
That sort of performance against Watford is exactly why it was so important we signed him during the summer and the fact we’re hardly conceding at all when he plays is testament to how much stronger he makes us as a team.