Louis van Gaal says Bastian Schweinsteiger “did fantastically” as a substitute against West Ham – but was happy with Marouane Fellaini’s performance, too.
Schweinsteiger, out since January with a knee ligament injury, made his return against Liverpool in the Europa League on Thursday but was left on the bench against the Hammers as a precaution.
The German was introduced with 14 minutes remaining as a replacement for Fellaini and helped inspire United’s late improvement which saw Anthony Martial cancel out Dimitri Payet’s fine opener to earn an FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park.
“I think he did fantastically,” Van Gaal said of the German. “But, of course, he played 15 minutes. Ninety minutes is different but I was also happy with him.
“I think Fellaini played again a good match. He performed well in our gameplan.”
Van Gaal also reserved praise for Matteo Darmian, who played the final three minutes.
He said: “Matteo Darmian has played three minutes and he has to come from the bench onto the pitch because I want to make another change, and he also did good.
“So I have given a lot of compliments to my players because it was showing a great spirit because when you are 1-0 behind, 20 minutes to play and you are the better team and don’t break after losing against West Brom and Liverpool then you show a great spirit.”