Morgan Schneiderlin too worried about his stats, claims ex-Man United midfielder
Johnny Giles says Man United star Morgan Schneiderlin is epitome of a modern midfielder
Morgan Schneiderlin is too worried about his stats to get on the ball and pass it forward, according to former Red Devils star Johnny Giles.
The France international struggled to inspire Louis van Gaal’s side in a disappointing goalless draw with PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Schneiderlin has the best pass success rate in the United squad having completed 90.7 per cent of his attempted passes in the Premier League so far this season.
However, Giles, who played under United legend Sir Matt Busby, believes Van Gaal lacks midfielder that are capable of linking the defence and the attack, criticising Schneiderlin’s lack of adventure.
“Schneiderlin is a real modern midfield player where they’re expected to do X amount,” Giles told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“He is worried about his stats so he goes sideways or backwards. He doesn’t want that responsibility. I saw him playing for Southampton and it was the same.
“He gets a few tackles in and he is ok. But when it comes to linking back to front like Modric, Scholes or Keane, he doesn’t want to do it.
“Carrick doesn’t want to do it. Schweinsteiger can’t do it anymore.”
Schneiderlin has scored one goal in 10 Premier League appearances for the United following his £25m move from Southampton in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils travel to Premier League leaders Leicester City at King Power Stadium.