France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin may not be the most pleasing player to the eye but he is quickly establishing himself as a household name at Manchester United.
The notion that Louis van Gaal has made a number of poor signings as boss of the Red Devils - he has secured the services of Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria, Matteo Darmian and Co. - is probably correct.
But in terms of Schneiderlin, Van Gaal has most definitely produced the goods. In truth, the 26-year-old is still finding his feet at Old Trafford - he clearly still has so much more to give - but he's starting to prove himself on a consistent basis.
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While the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini have all flattered to deceive, Schneiderlin has gone about his business relatively well.
It's clear for all to see that he's not going to score a hatful of goals from midfield - he only has one to his name so far - but he has more than enough about him to become a key member of the side for many years to come.
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Schneiderlin has slightly different qualities to ex-United man Darren Fletcher but he may well provide a similar impact. Time-and-time again, Fletcher proved a model of consistency for United; Schneiderlin looks set to do the same.
Manchester United released the below tweet about the Frenchman just a couple of weeks ago. The statistics aren't surprising and it's not a coincidence.
In fact, since that tweet from early January, the midfielder's record has only improved. It could - and probably should - have read two more victories but United failed to secure all three points against Newcastle at St James' Park.
With Schneiderlin proving influential, United did manage to leave Anfield with maximum points. That makes it just one defeat in 20 matches for the tough-tackling midfielder.
And his importance to the cause is only going to grow over the coming months. He's only just starting to control and dominate matches at Old Trafford.
As United improve as an attacking force, they should feel at ease knowing that the former Southampton man is behind them alert and ready to pounce if things go wrong further up the field.
Tactically excellent, with a fine sense of positioning, Schneiderlin is the real deal and will only grow into his role as the dynamic in Manchester changes.
Manchester United fans: do you agree? Is Schneiderlin now a key man for your club? Have your say below!
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