Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has opened up about the process that lead to him joining the club.
Schneiderlin has had a good start to life at Man United, putting in some stellar performances in the middle of the park.
He has aided with the drastic improvement to United’s midfield and has spoken about the role given to him by Louis van Gaal.
“I have to protect my defence,” he told So Foot.
“I have a pivoting role with Michael Carrick, who is a great player with the ball and knows how to dictate the game.
“After that, we have four great players ahead of us, so we’re more there for support, to feed them, and leaving them to do their magic.”
Schneiderlin also admitted that he was more focused on not conceding, rather than getting forward and scoring goals.
He added: “With time, I’ll start shooting from distance again, but the most important for us is to not concede any goals, meaning that we only need to score one to get the three points.”
The Frenchman also spoke about what van Gaal said to him to convince him to join United. Schneiderlin signed for the club just before they headed to America on tour.
The £25million midfielder said: “I thought it was important to speak with the coach before choosing my next club. We called each other when I was on holiday. It lasted around half an hour, and we only spoke about football.”
“He explained his project, his ambitions and that my style of play would suit the team. He also wanted to know if I was mentally ready to make this step, because there’s a lot of pressure, and if I had the right attitude.
The ex-Southampton man was evidently impressed with van Gaal and revealed the faith put in him by the manager.
He added: “Basically, he showed his trust in me, without guaranteeing me a first-team spot, obviously.”
Schneiderlin will be hoping to win his place back for United’s trip to his old club, Southampton, on Sunday. Having started on the bench against Liverpool and PSV, the 25-year-old will want the chance to impress at St.Mary’s again.