Pundit: What this Man United flop tells us about Victor Wanyama
Kevin Kilbane believes Morgan Schneiderlin's struggles at Manchester United serve to highlight Victor Wanyama's role at Southampton
Kevin Kilbane believes Morgan Schneiderlin’s disappointing spell at Manchester United serves to highlight how important Victor Wanyama was alongside the French midfielder during his successful spell at Southampton.
The France international is on the brink of sealing a move to Everton after the defensive midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements under new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho this season.
Schneiderlin only made two substitute appearances in the Premier League for United after falling behind Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini in the pecking order.
Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal signed Schneiderlin in a £25m deal from Southampton in the 2015 summer transfer window after his impressive performances alongside Wanyama in the Saints midfield.
However, Schneiderlin struggled to recreate his Southampton form in a Manchester United shirt under both Van Gaal and Mourinho and was sold to Everton on Thursday.
Former Republic of Ireland and Everton defender Kilbane suggested that Schneiderlin wasn’t the same player without Wanyama alongside the Frenchman in midfield.
“The level that he went into, the standards that are expected, the intensity of the club, the pressure of being at the club… Whether or not he could have excelled under Louis van Gaal last season playing in that system. Nobody really excelled last year that went in there,” Kilbane told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“I watched him for Manchester United. He looked quite poor. He was used in a different position at Southampton. He was the player breaking everything up. He was playing alongside Victor Wanyama. It might highlight how good Wanyama is. They were excellent as a pairing. He didn’t look comfortable playing for Manchester United.”
Manchester United are in sixth place in the Premier League table.