Morgan Schneiderlin puts in commanding display against Newcastle United

by Leo Nieboer

Morgan Schneiderlin gave a bold and aggressive display from midfield in Manchester United’s 3-3 draw with Newcastle United on Tuesday night.

The Frenchman, fresh from being rested by Louis van Gaal for Man United’s FA Cup match last weekend, was a commanding force for his side for the majority of the match.

A quick glance at his stats provides an indication of his influence: 93% passing accuracy, 70% tackle success, 1 interception, 3 clearances, 1 block.

But stats, useful as they are, don’t always capture the true essence of somebody’s performance. And it is so here with the 26-year-old; he was a sweeping figure in the middle of the park.

Schneiderlin’s influence this season has been invaluable. His persona is calm, collected and amazingly assured. For a side trying to fill the void left by legends such as Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, the Frenchman is possibly the closest United have come.

It speaks volumes that, in a tumultuous season – a trend only continued after tonight’s frenzy of a game, which saw United drop more points – for van Gaal, Schneiderlin has only lost one Premier League game when starting. If this side wants to reassert itself on the top four, it seems paramount that he stays fit.

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