Ronald Koeman is eager to secure the signature of Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin this summer as he looks to kick-start his Everton career with a successful transfer window. The Dutch manager, Koeman, worked with Schneiderlin for a season at Southampton before the French centre defensive midfielder made the switch to Old Trafford last summer for a fee of around £24 million.
It is believed Everton will look to reunite the pair in Merseyside and will tempt United with an offer around the £20 million mark, meaning the Red Devils would fall just short of making back the cash they bought him for. However, Schneiderlin has honoured just one year of the four-year contract he signed last summer which included the option to extend it for a further year, although, after failing to live up to the hype that surrounded him in his first season in Manchester it is thought Jose Mourinho is unconvinced as of yet by the midfielder who wears the number 28 shirt.
When he put pen to paper at Old Trafford he was tipped by many as the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League alongside Nemanja Matic who coincidently was at the time being managed by Mourinho at Chelsea but in his first season he has had too many off days to be considered in that bracket, however, I personally believe that in a season that has had many poor performers he has been a player who has been nothing more and nothing less than average.
The Frenchman protected a defence that was one of the best in the league last season so it seems unusual that we are slating a man that has in hindsight done his job well, but in actual fact, the stats at the end of the season do not reflect what we have been spectating on the field. Though, I do strongly believe that it would not only be a mistake to show Schneiderlin the exit door but that it would also be unfair. There have been many players within the Manchester United set-up that underperformed during the Louis van Gaal era and that have performed much worse than French midfielder, furthermore, considering how highly rated the midfielder was at St. Mary’s it goes on to show that ultimately United still do have one of the most rated defensive midfielders in the league.
I also believe that Schneiderlin could thrive off the arrival of United’s new Portuguese manager, Jose Mourinho, as looking back at his past squads he enjoys to play with two holding midfielders. At Chelsea, it was Nemanja Matic and in the big games, he liked to bring in John Obi Mikel who brought extra protection to the back four. At Real Madrid, he had players like Lassana Diarra, Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira. He also used players such as Ramires and Michael Essien at past clubs which are the more athletic and energetic type of players, something that I feel Schneiderlin could well adapt to become.
Ultimately, if the deal was to go through I feel the Toffees would be getting a good player and very decent deal, although I would be disappointed to see the player leave Old Trafford so soon after signing as I believe he is one player who could step it up a gear and become more appreciated under the new Manchester United manager.