Schneiderlin reveals United’s defensive approach

Ian Watson
Morgan Schneiderlin: Could be rested by Manchester United

Morgan Schneiderlin: Could be rested by Manchester United

Morgan Schneiderlin says Manchester United’s focus is on not conceding goals until Louis van Gaal’s team gels together properly. 

United have started the season inconsistently after a high turnover of players during the summer. Schneiderlin was one of those to arrive, along with Bastian Schweinsteiger, Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial.

Van Gaal and his side have been criticised for their conservative approach so far, and Schneiderlin admits that he has had to stifle his attacking instincts, at least for now.

“I have to protect my defence,” he told So Foot. “I have a pivoting role with Michael Carrick, who is a great player with the ball and knows how to dictate the game.

“After that, we have four great players ahead of us, so we’re more there for support, to feed them, and leaving them to do their magic.”

“With time, I’ll start shooting from distance again, but the most important for us is to not concede any goals, meaning that we only need to score one to get the three points.”

Schneiderlin also revealed how Van Gaal persuaded him to join United from Southampton.

The £25million midfielder said: “I thought it was important to speak with the coach before choosing my next club. We called each other when I was on holiday. It lasted around half an hour, and we only spoke about football.

“The more personal questions came a bit later, when we met. He explained his project, his ambitions and that my style of play would suit the team. He also wanted to know if I was mentally ready to make this step, because there’s a lot of pressure, and if I had the right attitude.

“Basically, he showed his trust in me, without guaranteeing me a first-team spot, obviously.”