Schneiderlin, signed from Southampton for £25m earlier this summer, has been one of United’s best players in their first three games of the season, displaying the kind of form that has seen going from League One to become a France international.
Despite a promising start to his United career, the Frenchman has set the bar and wants to emulate the impact of the former United captain.
“I hope to become like him [Keane] because he was a legend,” Schneiderlin said in an interview with France Football.
“He has a different personality from me. I speak less on the pitch.
“But I hope to have the same impact as him on the team. His battles with Patrick Vieira, when United and Arsenal were in competition, were memorable. I watched a documentary on the rivalry between the two – it was interesting.”
Aside from his admiration for Roy Keane, the former Southampton man revealed he “adored” Eric Cantona.
“I have seen videos of him,” he said.
“I adore him. I love footballers who have character, personality. You need players like that. Cantona says what he thinks.
“I have seen interviews with him which made me laugh. I used to love the arrogance when he scored and looked at the crowd.”