Jose Mourinho has been busy shipping out players bought under the reign of Louis Van Gaal with Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger among the casualties.
In an interview with L’Equipe, Schneiderlin looked back on his period at Old Trafford in frustration as he struggled to express himself as he would have wished.
“”That first year with Louis van Gaal sticks in the throat a bit”
“I didn’t take any pleasure on the pitch.”
“He left me little freedom in my game, even though I have quite a lot of experience in the Premier League.”
“With him, I felt like playing a robot. They said to me, ‘You must never go and get the ball in this part of the pitch, you must not do this, that…’ These instructions may have disturbed me a little.”
“When a player wonders during a game – ‘But what does the coach want me to do in this situation?’ – he begins to be less efficient.”
“Especially at Manchester United in a context where all matches are scrutinised by the media and where one can quickly be criticised from everywhere.”
The ex-Southampton star moved to Old Trafford for a reported £25m in the summer of 2015 and was unveiled alongside fellow new signings, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian, with only the Italian remaining at the club less than two years on.
The player was, however, part of the squad that won the FA Cup under Louis Van Gaal at Wembley last May but failed to convince new manager Jose Mourinho that he could become a first-team regular at Old Trafford and was reunited with former boss Ronald Koeman at Everton in January.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena