So Morgan Schneiderlin is on his way out of Old Trafford. I will be honest it has surprised me that he did not work out at Manchester United, in my opinion he was just the kind of player they needed. Whilst at Southampton he showed he was a skilled holding midfielder with physicality who could pass and had shown he could clearly perform in the tough environment of the Premier League. I have witnessed two performances of his at Old Trafford where he was outstanding especially in their 0-1 victory in early 2015. This was probably the match where United thought; this guy could fit in well at our club and be an ideal replacement for an ageing Michael Carrick, sadly this was not to be case.
So why has it all gone wrong. My thoughts are that it was two fold:-
Initially I feel he was #VANGAALED – and he was not the only player. LVG had a style and process which had to be followed or you got ‘punished’, whether it played to your strengths or not. Unfortunately for whatever reason Schneiderlin just did not progress under the Dutchman even though it was LVG who sanctioned the deal to get him in. He spent a lot of time in then out of the team and struggled to gain the trust of the former Manchester United coach.
Secondly when LVG was sacked and new manager, Jose Mourinho came in, I thought this could be a ray of light for him. However it became clear very early that the new man in charge did not fancy the Frenchman. He preferred Marouane Fellaini in midfield ahead of him (sometimes in a defensive holding position) which is most definitely not the Belgian’s forte but he was still picked ahead of Schneiderlin in that position – writing on the wall or what. The fact he has started only three games under Mourinho underlined the fact that his time at Old Trafford was coming to an end, hence a move to pastures new was obvious and clearly the best thing for both player and club.
SOME QUESTIONS TO ANSWER
So even though there have been some mitigating circumstances, it has to be said he has been a flop signing for the reds of Manchester. I do have some sympathy for him but the fact that a 25/26 year old (coming into what you would hope is the prime of his career) could not usurp a 34/35 year old in Michael Carrick in what was basically a straight head to head as holding midfielder is a question mark against his character and whether he has the fight in him when things are not going smoothly. Hopefully regular football at Everton with his old manager at Southampton, Ronald Koeman, will get him back on an even keel and maybe even resurrect his international career as he has also been dropped from the French squad as a result of his lack of game time whilst at Manchester United. It is clear he has been a very good footballer in the English game and at 27 should be approaching his best years. The Merseyside club may well get the full benefit of his capabilities and the money they have shelled out may seem like a bargain in a few years.
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