At present, all signs are pointing towards a Man Utd departure for Morgan Schneiderlin, and the Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern knew it was coming…
As per the BBC, Schneiderlin and Man Utd have agreed a fee for the midfielder – leaving the deal within touching distance of completion; but could the sale prove to be a mistake for Man Utd?
On first glance, you would think no – considering that Schneiderlin has hardly played this season. With Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera often preferred in the middle-of-the-park, Schneiderlin simply isn’t playing each week – and so that would likely be£22m gained for Mourinho.
But what if his lack of game time is exactly where Mourinho’s problem lies?
At Southampton, Schneiderlin was emerging as one of Europe’s finest midfielders – and that is why Man Utd paid close to £25m to bring him to Manchester. A key feature in Southampton’s Premier League growth, Schneiderlin became the focal point of the midfield, offering dynamic passing forward and combative defensive work – placing himself in the upper echelon of Premier League central midfielders.
Despite his success, he was never really given much of a chance under Louis van Gaal at Man Utd – and so his failure under Mourinho was seemingly inevitable. You don’t become a bad player overnight, and Schneiderlin has rarely gotten the chance to prove his worth.
For a moment, try and consider who has been better in his role over the last few years. The only notable name is Nemanja Matic, and even he has dropped off in recent weeks. Beyond him, perhaps Victor Wanyama and Jordan Henderson – but neither of those players can hold a candle to Schneiderlin when he’s on form. Wanyama has performed well this season, but for Southampton – Schneiderlin was the shining light.
Statswise, Schneiderlin seems to hold up too – with OptaJoe noting that he has made more tackles and interceptions combined than any other midfielder in the Premier League since August 2012. This stat is particularly remarkable when you consider that he has hardly played for 18 months.
772 – Morgan Schneiderlin has made more tackles and interceptions combined (772) than any other PL player since August 2012. Influence.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 11, 2017
For £22 million, Everton are signing quite the player – and whilst it is certainly Everton’s gain – it is also, quite clearly, Man Utd’s loss. They might have an overpriced Paul Pogba, or a close-to-retirement Michael Carrick – but long-term, Morgan Schneiderlin could have been the perfect player for Mourinho.
Man Utd fans – thoughts?
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