Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin reveals why he struggled at Manchester United

Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has slammed former boss Louis van Gaal for his drab tenure at the club.

The Dutchman’s time at Old Trafford was divisive as most of the players were not happy with him as manager.

Schneiderlin has revealed he had to always rush back to his wife, Camille to ease off from the gruelling nature of working with the Dutch tactician.

The former Southampton man also slammed LVG’s strict playing style and said the 69-year-old boss affected his confidence.

The 30-year-old also revealed he joined the club because of our appeal as a top club not because of the manager.

He told the Athletic: “He [van Gaal] wanted me too but we had less connection on the phone. So I signed more for the football club, Manchester United, than the manager.”.

On Van Gaal’s playing style, he said: “We were told: ‘When you have the ball you have to do this’ instead of playing with my gut like I had done with Pochettino and Koeman.

“The worse thing for a football player is when you think too much. I started to think: ‘Ah, the manager wants me to do this’.

“You lose your instinct, your start to force things, you miss passes, you arrive too late for a challenge. Your confidence goes down.”

He said: “I would play a very good game and then a very bad game. I wasn’t confident enough. I started to complain to my wife. It hurts me even now that I couldn’t play freely at United.

“The pressure of the club was no problem to me. I like pressure, I need pressure and adrenaline. The fans were good to me in the street. The problem was me because I knew I had so much to give but I couldn’t give it because I felt restricted.

“Looking back, I shouldn’t have been so upset, but at the time that’s how it was. You had to wait until the manager told you that you could eat. These things work when the players are 19 and 20, but not when you have older players.”

Schneiderlin only stayed in Manchester United for 18 months before he was offloaded on Everton after a disappointing stint.

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