Paul Scholes has admitted he has no idea why Louis van Gaal has decided to start Michael Carrick and Morgan Schneiderlin ahead of Bastian Schweinsteiger so far this season.
The Germany international is yet to start a game for his new club since arriving from Bayern Munich this summer.
He has come off the bench in each of Manchester United's three competitive fixtures against Tottenham, Aston Villa and Club Brugge, but his peripheral role has left many, including Scholes, surprised.
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Asked why Schweinsteiger isn't starting, Scholes told BT Sport: "I have absolutely no idea."
"I was driving to the ground, thinking he would be playing. I think Carrick and Schneiderlin are a bit too similar. Okay, they protect the back four brilliantly but do we get as much at the other end?
"When you think of teams that have players that link the team together you think of Real Madrid where you've got [Toni] Kroos and [Luka] Modric, at Barcelona you've got [Sergio] Busquets and [Andres] Iniesta and I think this lad (Schweinsteiger), he definitely did that at Bayern Munich and with the Germany team and I think he should be doing it at Manchester United."
There are already concerns that the 31-year-old is still struggling with the same fitness issues that kept him on the sidelines for much of Bayern Munich's campaign last season.
Having sold the World Cup winner to the Red Devils, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola was quick to admit that Schweinsteiger has been struggling to hit full fitness in the last three years.
He said: “When he does not have injury problems, I am completely convinced he will do very well at Manchester United.
“He is a top, top player. Unfortunately, during the last three years he was never in good condition. He is going to play really good there [at United]. I really hope that is going to happen.”
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