Alongside Michael Carrick, the Frenchman marshalled the early stages of the game in what was a hard-fought midfield battle.
He was an assured figure throughout the contest, fighting for the cause even when Man United’s fate was sealed by six minutes of mayhem that saw Spurs score three goals. United fans hastened to praise the 26-year-old for yet another powerful performance:
Schneiderlin, Smalling and Fosu-Mensah have all been superb in the first half. Their defensive awareness has been second to none. #mufc
— . (@Pogbaganda) April 10, 2016
Schneiderlin is the most important player in the current Man Utd squad
— SUNDAY LEAGUE’S BEST DRESSED (@CoachFlips) April 10, 2016
Schneiderlin is a blessing
— Kseladin (@XhMakolli) April 10, 2016
Morgan Schneiderlin will get no praise for that half as per usual. Great performance again some vital interceptions.
— Joe (@Matassist) April 10, 2016
Schneiderlin's best game, so far, in a red shirt! #MUFC
— Harps (@H4RRP) April 10, 2016
The six minutes of utter capitulation marks another low point in United’s season, and will dramatically overshadow all that happened prior to that spell. But focusing on that story doesn’t accurately convey the nature of the match as a whole.
Against a side gunning for the title, who are known for their supreme energy, United’s midfield took the game by the scruff of its neck in the early stages. And this was spearheaded by Schneiderlin, who battled tirelessly throughout and ensured the visitors remained in the game up until their inexplicable collapse.
Once again, Schneiderlin was a quiet but vital component to van Gaal’s side, and his role in United’s (fading) scrap for top four places is a big one.