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Morgan Schneiderlin says he ‘only has himself to blame’ for failure at Manchester United

Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin feels that he only has himself to blame for his failed move to the Old Trafford club. The Frenchman signed for United from Southampton in the summer of 2015 in a £25 million deal, arriving with former Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger – both nicknamed ‘Schmidfield’.

United were in the early stages of their transition which never seemed to come following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and at the time of his arrival it was suggested that United might actually have a decent midfield once against with the Frenchman and the German combining – however, it was not meant to be.

Schneiderlin arrived under the management of Louis van Gaal but he was sacked two seasons into his career with Jose Mourinho replacing him in May 2016 and a year later, the Frenchman was sold to Everton. The player does not have any hard feelings against the club or Mourinho and seems to blame himself for his failings, which is professional.

Schneiderlin made a total of 47 appearances at United, scoring one goal and one assist during his time at the club. After being sold to Everton, things did not work out for him there either, him making 88 appearances, scoring one goal and two assists. The player is now at OGC Nice in his native France. Speaking Nice-Matin about his time at United, Schneiderlin said:

“In terms of the commercial side, all the aspects off the pitch and on the pitch make it for me the biggest club in the world.

“It was a source of pride for me [to play there], an honour.

“I would have preferred my time there to be longer, that it took a different direction. But it is certainly my fault, I should have been more patient yet again.

“But I don’t regret it at all, it was a fantastic experience.”

The player struggled to hold down his place in the team following Van Gaol’s departure from the club and it is good to see a professional player holding himself accountable for the problems he faced, whether he means it or not. Of course, Mourinho could have been part of the problems but that could be between him and the player. On him leaving the club, Mourinho stated:

“Great professional, fantastic boy, very honest, very open and opens his heart a couple of times.

“My answer is simple: if he’s playing regular with me I have the right to say no way.

“”If he’s not playing regular I have no right to tell a player that wants to be happy – to say to a player you’re going nowhere.”

Everton soon came in for Schneiderlin when they were seeking to rise from the mid-table of the Premier League and make themselves counted, which is something that still has not happened yet. United recouped much of the fee they gave to Southampton for the player, which was a bonus. He became a first team regular again and is now back in France as a player for Nice, which he denies having involvement in the transfer, saying:

“I experienced several years in Manchester where it rained all the time. That never scared me. The number one criteria was football related.

“I wanted to leave already last year, I was close to doing so, but [Everton] held me back, saying that they were really counting on me for this season, but that they would allow me to leave the following summer.

“I said to the sporting director to close all other negotiations. I had chosen Nice and I was not going to go anywhere else. From that moment on, they were very classy.”

Talks ongoing for Morgan Schneiderlin to leave Theatre of Dreams

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.

Morgan Schneiderlin keen to get started after winning mentality rises confidence levels

Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has admitted that he is looking forward to the new season after seeing the “confidence and winning mentality” which was brought to the club by new manager Jose Mourinho. The French midfielder had an extended holiday due to representing France in the European Championships this summer in his home country, returning to the AON Training Complex last Thursday and playing his first match against Galatasaray in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday, a match United won 5-2 – coming back from 2-1 down at the end of the first half with goals scored by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a brace from Wayne Rooney, a header from Marouane Fellaini and a stunning effort from Juan Mata. Despite being back at the club for just a few days, Schneiderlin, speaking to the official Manchester United website, is confident that Mourinho can guide the club to success this coming season.

“I can see a lot of smiles and a lot of enjoyment in the training sessions, which is good. The training sessions are sharp and it is very enjoyable. I can feel that confidence and winning mentality which will make us a very good team this season.”

United signed Schneiderlin from Southampton last summer in a deal worth £25 million. The Frenchman had a mixed season, looking good at times and facing a lot of time on the bench, which was something many supporters were complaining about last season. United, though, finished fifth in the Premier League, level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City (separated by goal difference) and missing out on the UEFA Champions League for the second season post-Sir Alex Ferguson. United, however, did lift the Emirates FA Cup, a trophy which evaded them for twelve years, the same amount of time Arsenal have failed to win the Premier League. Schneiderlin is now determined to impress Mourinho and improve the team with him steering the ship.

“It is a big season for me. Of course there were a lot of things that happened last season, but I am looking forward and this season is going to be very important for me. I am really enjoying every training session, which is good. It is good to have this joy and I can’t wait to start the season.

“I came back training on Thursday and my feeling in the first game against Galatasaray was great, to be honest with you. I felt good, I felt like I could run even more so that is good. The first half was a bit harder than the second half for the team, but it was good to have those 45 minutes under my belt and to keep on working hard. I’m looking forward to the next match now.”

Mourinho has made three new signings so far this summer with Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic coming to the Old Trafford club. The Swede came to United on a free after seeing out his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, which was confirmed on the 1st July 2016. Ibrahimovic scored on his debut in his native Sweden on Saturday – taking just four minutes to score a stunning scissor-kick goal. Schneiderlin feels that the Swede is a massive addition to the club and his confidence and winning mentality – added to that of Mourinho is going to add something to the team.

“Zlatan came into the dressing room and he already had an aura. He has this thing about him, it is a presence and a stature. He is tall, powerful and, on the training pitch, you can see he has a lot of quality. Of course, this is just his first week back as well so he will continue progressing physically. 

“But you can see his touch, his movement and his way of seeing football is brilliant so this season I think he will give us something great.”

Manchester United have a lot to prove after the last three years – winning just two trophies; the FA Community Shield and the Emirates FA Cup. United turned from champions to a seventh-placed side by David Moyes, rising back up to the top-four in Louis van Gaal’s first season, then falling to fifth place during his second and final season. United will now be looking to regain their position at the top, which could happen considering the changes already made at the Theatre of Dreams. The opposition supporters are talking about United again, suggesting they are trying to buy the league with the £100 million pursuit of Paul Pogba, who could be announced in the coming days, but really the start of the fear factor at the club it returning. Many hate Manchester United again, and that is a good sign.

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