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I thought we had acquired the best ball winner in the league.

I thought we had found Roy Keane's heir- a son of the soil.

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Alas I was only dreaming. Morgan Schneiderlein has departed the theatre of dreams.

The French midfielder was signed from Southampton for a fee in the region of £25 million from Southampton, after guiding the team to consecutive promotions from League One, all the way to the Premier League.

The defensive midfielder then enjoyed two stellar season at St. Mary's, with the key mark being the 2013/2014 season where he established himself as one of the best defensive midfield players in the league, topping the charts for most tackles and interceptions in the Premier League.

The Frenchman also scooped the Players' Player and Fans' Player of The Season awards at Southampton in that season, catching the eyes of big clubs as a result.

After a window of speculation, United snapped up the midfielders signature under the tutelage of 'Oga Philosophy', Louis Van Gaal in July 2015.

It's safe to say his United career after kicking off with some stellar performances at the heart of midfield took a huge downturn, as he couldn't adapt adequately to the rigid demands of the Dutch gaffer. The low point of his first season at United was being left out of United's FA Cup final squad in the 2015/2016 season.

Morgan Schneiderlin found it hard to win a spot under new boss José Mourinho in the 2016/2017 season, and has now secured a move to rejoin former boss Ronald Koeman at Everton.

The big questions are;
-Why let the best ball winner that has touched down at United in almost a decade go?

-Why let the potentially perfect replacement for Michael Carrick go?

Indeed, he was a midfield warrior whose potential was probably quenched by "Mr Philosophy" and his rigid tactics.

We wish him well in his sojourn in Everton.


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