Morgan Schneiderlin didn’t start in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Stoke City on Tuesday but I’d love to see the Frenchman return to the team for Sunday’s clash with Chelsea.
In his place, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini played in central midfield and to be fair to both players they did well, albeit against a Stoke side which gave them all the room in the world to operate.
At Stamford Bridge, we need Schneiderlin back in the team to overpower Chelsea’s midfield and I hope his message to the fans ahead of Sunday indicates that he’s going to play.
No other midfielder has as much energy as Schneiderlin in our team. Carrick, for all his qualities, is far better when he doesn’t have any defensive responsibilities to worry about and can concentrate on passing it forward, and Fellaini simply shouldn’t be playing there.
Bastian Schweinsteiger is already ruled out and Louis van Gaal has made it clear he doesn’t particularly trust Ander Herrera in that role, but a partnership of Schneiderlin and Carrick could be just what United need at Stamford Bridge.
If there is one midfielder who simply has to be in that starting XI on Sunday, it’s Schneiderlin.