Morgan Schneiderlin has asked to leave Manchester United in the January transfer market and Jose Mourinho isn’t willing to stop him. The French International isn’t happy with the fact that he isn’t getting many minutes to play and the best decision is to part ways. Earlier on Friday, Toni Pulis, West Bromwich Albion manager has confirmed that his club has made an offer towards Manchester United for the French but as reports state, they will face competition as Everton is willing to land in Goodison Park the United duo, Memphis Depay, and Schneiderlin.
Here’s what the West Brom manager stated regarding his situation:
“I don’t want to say any more other than confirm our bid (for Schneiderlin). We have to be fair to Manchester United and the player. We have made bids for about five players. Doing business with people should be done directly with them.”
Mourinho did confirm later that Morgan has handed a transfer request and he has made it clear that wants to leave. Jose said that Morgan has spoken to him about the situation and because of the fact that he isn’t getting minutes under his tenure, Jose won’t get on his way and if the conditions are right with the right offer as well, he won’t say no. The Portuguese manager was asked about this in the press conference ahead of Monday’s game and he was honest about the situation and praised Morgan’s honesty regarding this:
“Yes. He’s a great professional, a fantastic boy. He’s very honest and very open.
“To be honest, he opened his heart a couple of times, and my answer is simple; if he’s playing regularly with me, I have the right to say ‘no way’. If he’s not playing regularly, I have no right to tell a player who wants to be happy, I have no right to say ‘you are going nowhere’.
“My answer was: if the offer is right, and our board thinks the offer is a good offer in relation to the quality of a very good player like Morgan, then I would not stop him going.”
Now it seems that United are expecting to hear from the teams that are interested in him. Tony Pulis’ side has reportedly offered £13 million but United doesn’t want to let him go for a cheap prize and this is where Everton can be ahead of West Brom in the Morgan Schneiderlin chase. Everton has the money, Ronald Koeman knows Morgan really well since he managed him at Southampton, where the French had one of his best seasons that made United splash the money for him. According to Bleacher Report, United have the eyes elsewhere as James Rodriguez is getting ready for the Real Madrid exit. Mourinho has made it clear that he will make one signing if the conditions are right and Benfica’s defender Victor Lindelof is the main target and will possibly wear a United shirt soon.
Getting back to Morgan, the player hasn’t played much this season as he only has featured in eight games and hasn’t convinced Mourinho to make him the first choice at the United midfield. Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, and Michael Carrick are irreplaceable in the midfield at the moment, however, Schneiderlin has been dropped from the 18 man squad recently making it clear that Jose doesn’t count on him.
Being signed with a huge excitement on the same day as Schweinsteiger making United fans dream of “Schmidfield”, Morgan lost the territory early in his United career. Louis van Gaal didn’t give him many chances to play despite the fact that he started really well. However, he never lived up the expectations United supporters had on him after his incredible stats at Southampton. He was the fans’ favourite in the battle between him and Gundogan and having Premier League experience made fans believe that he would be key in the midfield. Trusting more on Fellaini rather than Morgan and Herrera both players didn’t have much to do but warm the bench. It’s true that Morgan never impressed the Dutch and the situation continued into the season with Jose. The only games he has featured, Morgan kept struggling, not being consistent enough, meaning that the manager surely was looking for something else.
He was clearly looking for more and the French couldn’t simply secure Jose that. Morgan is not a bad player but probably not in the United standards. It was reported that the signings of Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis were questioned from certain players and the environment that they have faced wasn’t friendly. Leaving the inner problems behind, the main reason that Morgan isn’t making it is for the simple fact that competition is hard to face.
Standards are always high at United and he knows this, that’s why he wants to leave. He probably won’t be considered as a failure because he did try really hard but just couldn’t make it. Whether its West Bromwich Albion or Everton, Morgan will probably perform really well for them for the simple reason because he won’t have the pressure he is facing at United. If the right offer comes, Morgan will be the first departure for January leaving space for another player. It’s a shame that things didn’t work out, but we all wish him good luck in his possible new adventure.