Morgan Schneiderlin relishing Man United pre-season tour opportunity

by Leo Nieboer

Morgan Schneiderlin has expressed his excitement ahead of Manchester United’s pre-season tour to China.

The Man United squad will fly out to China soon after their pre-season match with Wigan on Saturday, and will play matches against Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray.

He enjoyed a largely positive first season at Old Trafford but faded away as the season entered its climax.

However, the Frenchman is keen to reinstate himself as a first team regular during the side’s pre-season tour.

“It will be nice for the team to discover China, to go there and see how much the supporters love the club,” he said.

“It’s about dedication every day in everything you do. You represent the club and in every football game, every training session, you need to be the best.

“You need to dedicate your life to football. I did it before, but at United you need to do it even more. Every day is a challenge and every day you get questioned again about your abilities, so I enjoy it.”

Louis van Gaal‘s decision to adopt a different formation after the 3-0 thrashing at White Hart Lane in April served as a detriment to Schneiderlin. This was because the Dutchman went from using two holding midfielders to just one, choosing Michael Carrick to fulfil the single holding midfield role on the pretext of his superior passing game.

However, Schneiderlin at his rampaging, no-nonsense best, serving as a constant thwarting presence in midfield, is the type of player that Mourinho cherishes and loves to use. If the 26-year-old can perform with his usual energy and power, he’ll be a valuable asset for the 53-year-old next season.

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