Manchester United have been missing a proper holding midfielder since Owen Hagreaves left. The Englishman was the last one which belonged to that mould of midfielders who played at United. Someone who would do the dirty work in front of their defence and help them and also start attacks from behind and help the forwards.
Hargreaves had terrific time at United in which he became the Premier League champion and also a Champions League winner. His time at United was however curtailed by injuries. Sir Alex Ferguson still managed to win 2 more titles by getting things done, somehow with the help of an aged Scholes and a certain Tom Cleverley.
Scholes is gone, Cleverley too and even Sir Alex. Louis van Gaal has had to clear the Scot’s mess. He brought in Daley Blind last season who played in central midfield for much of the season but it was Carrick who was the pivot of the team and United missed Carrick a lot when he was injured.
The 34-year-old Englishman cannot be counted on given his age this the Dutch manager has brought in reinforcements to aid Carrick. One of them is Morgan Schneiderlin.
Statistically, Schneiderlin has made more tackles and interceptions than anyone in the premier league for the past few years.
Stats apart, Schneiderlin had the chance to impress his manager andd the United fans on his forst outing as a United player against Club America in a pre-season friendly and he ridghtly did so. In fact, it didn’t take him too long to mark a great first impression by scoring in the 5th minute of the match, also the 5th minute of his Manchester United debut. The Frenchman did a lot more than just scoring. Watch the video to see how the player did in his first match as a United player.
Morgan Schneiderlin: Has made more tackles + interceptions (626) than any other player in the last 3 Premier League seasons— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 12, 2015