Manchester United new boy Morgan Schneiderlin has disclosed how a phone call from manager Louis van Gaal convinced him to leave Southampton for Old Trafford this summer, writes the Daily Express.
Schneiderlin joined United in July for £24m from the Saints after three seasons of impressive performances for Ronald Koeman’s side.
The French midfielder has quickly adapted to the Man United style of football, as he started alongside Michael Carrick in the Red Devils’ midfield, except for the last Premier League game against Newcastle United and last night’s 4-0 drubbing of Club Brugge in Belgium.
The 25-year old granted an interview to France Football recently, where he exhumed how a phone call from LVG pushed him to choose the Red Devils.
“I was on vacation with mu girlfriends and my friends,” Schneiderlin said.
“My agent called me to warn me that Louis van Gaal will call me. I kept my phone with me all day.
“Louis van Gaal sent me a text message to see if he can call me in the afternoon. I told him he can call me whenever he wants. He was honest and frank.”
The former Southampton player had established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in England, with Arsenal also very much interested before Manchester United snapped him up.
The France international has helped United to a solid start to the league this season as they have picked up 7 points from a possible 9, and was also instrumental as the 20-time Premier League champions beat Brugge 3-1 in the first leg of the Champions League qualifier last Tuesday. He was however on the bench for the second leg on Wednesday night with van Gaal preferring a midfield partnership of Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger also close to reaching the peak of fitness, it is left to be seen how the Dutchman sets up his central midfield but it appears as though only Michael Carrick is the untouchable.