"I Regretted It Very Quickly" - Former Manchester United Midfielder Opens Up On Asking To Quit The Club
Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin regrets asking to leave the club in 2017 and believes it was a poor decision.
Schneiderlin arrived at Old Trafford in 2015 after impressing at Southampton, but he never nailed down a spot in the first team.
He'd win the FA Cup in his debut campaign under Louis van Gaal before he was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
The France international slipped further down the pecking order under Mourinho and asked to join Everton the following January - something he doesn't look back on fondly.
"I learned a lot from my departure from Manchester United. I had played 40 matches the previous season with Manchester," he told L'Equipe per Sport Witness.
"When I come back from the Euros, I take ten days off and I play very little for three, four months.
"Then, I have Ronald Koeman and Everton who are pushing hard to get me, every day, from October.
"I will remember it all my life: I should have played against Liverpool and the coach [Mourinho] comes to see me.
"He tells me he doesn't feel me inside the group.
"I tell him that indeed, with what has happened in the last three months, I am not in it and I want to go to Everton. I regretted it very quickly."
Mourinho also let Bastian Schweinsteiger leave that season in an attempted clear out.
Schneiderlin got his move to Goodison Park and became a maligned figure among fans, who feel he didn't fully fit their system.
When he left, it allowed Ander Herrera more opportunities in the United first-team and he became a regular under Mourinho and his successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Herrera left United for Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 and he still plays for the French giants to this day.
Schneiderlin, who is now at Ligue 1 side Nice, thinks he should've stuck it out in Manchester as Herrera did after an underwhelming debut campaign.
He continued: "Even if it went very well at Everton, when you play for Manchester United, when you're at a club like that, it's not for a moment of doubt that you have to question everything.
"Look at Ander Herrera: the first year I arrived, he was on the bench; he persevered, and today he is at PSG."
Nice are currently third in Ligue 1 and are in a good position to qualify for next season's Champions League.
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