It is no big surprise that Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin looks set to leave the Old Trafford club in the January transfer window. Sky Sports report that Everton and West Bromwich Albion are both keen on luring the player this winter in a big to better their performances in the Premier League for the remainder of the season. It was reported on Monday night that United and Everton had been talking and a £19 million offer was made for the French midfielder but was rejected by the Old Trafford club. Schneiderlin made the move from Southampton in the summer of 2015 with Louis van Gaal managing the club but failed to cement a place in the starting XI last season and seemed out of the picture this season, despite making eight appearances this season, three of them starts in the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
Schneiderlin is a top player but just seems to a different type of player needed in the squad under Mourinho, who has his team playing some beautiful football this season, winning their last seven matches in all competitions, the last six in the Premier League and being undefeated in the last 13 matches. Michael Carrick, at 35, is a mainstay in the United starting XI, being rested at times to keep him fresh throughout the season. Ander Herrera also has established himself under Mourinho, playing the best football he has played since he left Athletic Bilbao for Old Trafford in the summer of 2014. Paul Pogba is another mainstay, most of the time playing in the number ten position, getting better as each and every match is played. Marouane Fellaini is getting more opportunities than Schneiderlin, which may seem weird to some, but Fellaini offers something Mourinho likes, not that I know what that is.
It is unfortunate for a player to be surplus to requirements at any club, even Manchester United, but after a change of manager, these things happen. Mourinho needs to get United out of their dark period following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement at the end of the 2012/13 season, which saw David Moyes take over, being sacked before the end of the season. Ryan Giggs finished that season before Louis van Gaal was appointed, managed the club for two complete seasons before the arrival of the Portuguese manager. Mourinho has done wonders with his United squad this season after adding four players; Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Paul Pogba, all of whom are playing regularly, aside from injury and international tournaments, of which Bailly is heading into later this month. United have some key players, meaning those who are not getting much playing time, will be given the chance to find it elsewhere.
Manchester United paid Southampton £24 million to secure the services of Schneiderlin the summer before last, a fee they would like to recoup to let the player leave the club, and rightly so. For years now, United have been screwed when letting players depart the club, not getting anything close to what the players have been worth, and now is the time to commence that. West Bromwich Albion has been reported to have made a bid of £18 million for the player, with Everton coming in £1 million more, which was rejected. West Brom have reportedly made Schneiderlin their number one target for the January transfer window, with Everton manager Ronald Koeman looking to replace players who have left the club for the African Cup of Nations until February. Speaking about the Frenchman, former Everton defender Alan Stubbs, speaking to Premier League Daily, said;
“He’s the type of player Everton are looking for to enhance the squad. He’s gone to United, and not really had the playing time that he would have liked to have got.
“His form at Southampton was very good, which led to him getting the move.
“He would be a really good addition to Everton. Obviously, they’ve made an opening bid, everybody knows that Everton have got money to spend and I think this could be a busy transfer window for them.”
Schneiderlin does not just have offers from the Premier League, with Ligue 1 side Marseille also in the running for the player, but it is not understood whether they have made their interest firm by submitting a bid or not. Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour, who is now a football expert with Sky Sports, speaking about Schneiderlin, said:
“He’s at that age now where you want to be playing regular football, he wants to get out. Whoever gets him, it is a very good signing.”
Schneiderlin will be just another player who did not make it at United, many will rue that he was not given the chances he deserves, but at the end of the day do you not need to earn chances, rather than having them handed to you on a plate? Memphis Depay faces a similar situation at the Theatre of Dreams or not taking chances when he has been given them, which supporters writing him off for not having the dream, believe, achieve attitude he apparently had when he made the move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015. Memphis will be just another write off of which United have spent a lot more money bringing him to the club, paying him a wage that he just does not deserve with the player using social media to make his situation seem worse than it is, suggesting the club or the manager is not picking him for various reasons, despite him training and showing videos of him doing so.