Pundit: Why Morgan Schneiderlin wasn’t a success at Man United
Andy Townsend explains where it went wrong for Morgan Schneiderlin at Manchester United
Morgan Schneiderlin will pay the price for failing to stamp his authority on the Manchester United side, according to Andy Townsend.
The France international is being tipped to complete a move to Everton this week after his current manager Jose Mourinho confirmed that Schneiderlin asked for a move in the January transfer window.
The 27-year-old has been out-of-favour at Old Trafford since Mourinho’s appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor in the summer.
The Dutch coach signed the defensive midfielder in a £25m deal from Southampton in the 2015 summer transfer window after his impressive performances for the south coast club following their promotion to the Premier League in 2012.
However, Schneiderlin has made two substitute appearances in the 2016-17 Premier League season so far after falling behind Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and even Bastian Schweinsteiger in the pecking order.
Speaking to BBC Sport during Manchester United’s 2-0 win against Hull City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final, Townsend delivered his verdict on Schneiderlin.
“Morgan Schneiderlin has struggled to adapt and stamp his personality on anything at Old Trafford. But consider that he is a big guy, he gets across the ground well, he can tackle and he gets up and down,” Townsend said.
“At his best he’s a typical Premier League central midfield player. Everton are buying someone who you know has been able to produce the goods in the Premier League.”