Southampton supporters have been extremely buoyant in recent times after seeing their side pick up just their second Premier League victory of the campaign on Sunday.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men went into their meeting with in-form Arsenal having lost 1-0 to Cardiff City in the Austrian’s first game in charge the week before, and things didn’t get any easier as Unai Emery’s Gunners visited St Mary’s off the back of a 22-match unbeaten run. Yet the Saints produced their best display of the season in beating the North London outfit 3-2 on the South Coast, with a brace from Danny Ings alongside a Charlie Austin header inspiring the Saints to just a second league win of the season, thus moving them out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
Subsequently, there have been many delighted Southampton fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom will be hoping for even more from their side over the coming weeks and months as Hasenhuttl begins to stamp his authority on things at St Mary’s.
The former Red Bull Leipzig boss will also get his first taste of an English transfer window next month, which provides the opportunity to look back at one deal which the Saints have certainly reaped the rewards from, namely letting Morgan Schneiderlin join Manchester United back in 2015 for a staggering £31.5 million (as per Transfermarkt).
It was former manager Ronald Koeman who sanctioned the Frenchman’s exit little over three years ago, but given the Saints made a £30.15 million profit on the midfielder having signed him for just £1.35 million (as per Transfermarkt) back in 2008, alongside Schneiderlin’s subsequent struggles, it’s clear the Saints were the only real winners from his exit.
Ultimately, the 29-year-old shone for the South Coast for much of his time at St Mary’s, eventually going on to make 257 appearances for the Saints, helping them make their way from the depths of League One to becoming an established Premier League outfit.
But it was his time in the top-flight with Southampton which really opened everyone eyes to just how good the midfielder was, prompting Louis van Gaal’s United to splash the cash to lure him to Old Trafford back in 2015.
Yet the 29-year-old’s career hasn’t quite been the same since given he struggled greatly in the North West in mustering only 47 first team appearances for the Red Devils, before eventually joining Everton in January 2017 to end his 18-month nightmare at Old Trafford.
And while things started brightly enough at Goodison Park, Schneiderlin has again found game time hard to come by under new manager Marco Silva this season with only six Premier League appearances to his name, the latest of which coming back in October – thus, his career has nosedived since leaving St Mary’s.
And while it was obviously a loss to Southampton to see the 29-year-old leave in the summer of 2015, they didn’t look back in bettering their seventh place finish the season before by ending up sixth in the 2015/16 campaign – they may have lost Schneiderlin, but the arrival of Oriol Romeu from Chelsea more than made up for it.
As such, not only did the Saints make a huge profit on the 29-year-old, but they themselves didn’t suffer from the Frenchman’s departure, whereas the man himself has looked a shadow of the player he was at Southampton ever since leaving the South Coast.
Clearly, Southampton were the only real winners from Koeman’s decision to let the midfielder leave back in 2015.
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