Morgan Schneiderlin has admitted that playing for Manchester United is a dream come true.
The midfielder, who joined for £24m in the summer, plied his trade in England’s third division before rocketing up the ranks with Southampton, quickly establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s finest defensive midfielders.
Schneiderlin’s imperious performance against Louis van Gaal‘s side in January, which helped Southampton pick up a 1-0 win at Old Trafford, convinced the Dutchman that the 25-year-old’s tireless work ethic and mastery of the ugly side of the game was exactly what he needed at Man United.
In an interview with France Football, Schneiderlin has revealed his jubilation at becoming a United player and that he is determined to make his mark on the club.
“To be at Manchester United, it is a dream, something crazy, there are no words to define it. I keep my feet on the ground; I do not want to get ahead of myself. I am not here as a tourist,” said Schneiderlin.
“I do not want for it to be the case that the only thing that is says on my CV is: ‘He played for Manchester United.’ I will be really happy and proud when I will have won titles with this club.”
Although Schneiderlin’s United career remains in its fledgling stages, there have been no signs in the Frenchman’s performances that suggest he is overawed. Several players (Alex Buttner springs to mind) have been crushed by the weight of the United badge and fail to make any notable contributions.
Schneiderlin’s tough-tackling, inexhaustible approach to football is that of a man who is hellbent on stamping his influence onto the club. With Premier League experience and an exceptional midfield partner in either Michael Carrick or Bastian Schweinsteiger, there is no limit to what Schneiderlin can achieve at United if he maintains this ardent style under van Gaal.