If there’s one position that Manchester United now appear to have nicely stocked going into the 2016-17 season, then it’s midfield. The purchase of Paul Pogba from Juventus has injected some genuine world class talent into a part of United’s squad that was in dire need of it. The French international adds pace, drive and quality to boot. Jose Mourinho has also transformed the fortunes of Marouane Fellaini at the club by asking him to fill the holding role behind Paul Pogba, which to date has worked wonderfully, with the Belgian playing his most effective football at the club to date, and consistently for that matter. Ander Herrera also seems to have a role under the Portuguese manager, and when Michael Carrick’s experience and nous is thrown into the equation, it’s not outlandish to suggest that United shouldn’t have much to worry about in midfield this season.
We haven’t even mention two of last season’s more prominent midfield performers, in the form of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin. By the end of last season, both found themselves out of Louis van Gaal’s starting line-up, through a combination of injury and selection. The German has been sent to play with the club’s under-23s this season, having been told there is no place for him in Mourinho’s side, but what of the former-Southampton star?
Well, if you believe Ian Ladyman in the Daily Mail, White Hart Lane may end up being where Schneiderlin plays his football for the foreseeable future. The former Saints boss is reportedly keen to reunite with the French international, but the report mentions that not only does Mourinho not wish to sell any more members of his first-team squad (bar Schweinsteiger), but that Schneiderlin has indicated that he also wishes to stay at Old Trafford to fight for his first-team place.
For United, that feels like good news. Van Gaal failed to get the best out of Schneiderlin on a regular basis last season, and the Frenchman has more to offer United in midfield than he’s shown up to this point. An injury to Marouane Fellaini in the 1-0 victory over Hull City might even open the door for Schneiderlin to start as early as next month’s Manchester derby at Old Trafford, as he’ll likely be favoured for a holding role ahead of Herrera, alongside Pogba. So perhaps it’s worth the Frenchman sticking with the club after all, even if his opportunities have been limited so far under the new manager.