Morgan Schneiderlin may get the boot under Jose Mourinho

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With Jose Mourinho taking over at Manchester United, the club has had one of its most productive transfer windows in recent history.

With the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly already been added to the ranks, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to sign soon, fans are excited about how the new manager is making his intent known.

Due to there being so much transfer speculation around the club, plenty of people have taken it upon themselves to imagine what the team's starting lineup will look like next season.


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Most United fans will also be hoping that Mourinho can clinch the signing of former youth player Paul Pogba to complete his preparations for next season.

One player who seems to be in limbo about his future and how he features in Mourinho's plans is Morgan Schneiderlin, the holding-midfielder who used to ply his trade for Southampton.

Although the Frenchman only arrived at Old Trafford last summer, he could become one of the casualties following Mourinho's arrival.

After a very tepid first season at Old Trafford, the new manager may have to accept the player doesn't have the ability to make it at the top.

At times last season, Schneiderlin looked so void of confidence, so much so, successful sideways passes were a relief for fans. He did have a few performances where he physically bossed the centre of the park, but he never got a hold of the ball or the game like he was expected to.

Defensively, he was very poor. He has always been a player that lacked pace, but players found it too easy to drift around him last season. Perhaps it was the Louis van Gaal way which prevented him from being at his best, but considering the Red Devils kept 18 clean sheets last season, it would be unfair to put all the blame on the Dutchman.

Pogba would offer a different kind of option to Schneiderlin, with the former being a more box-to-box type player. However, Pogba is renowned for his physicality, and with ability on the ball to match it, the former United player seems to exceed Schneiderlin in every department.

Luckily from Schneiderlin's perspective, United's chances of securing the Juventus superstar are slim. Even if the Italian club accept the bid, expected to be around £100 million, Mourinho and his team will still have to tempt the quality midfielder to play in the Europa League, instead of the far more illustrious, Champions League.

So would Mourinho like to replace Schneiderlin? Probably, and with the form that the Frenchman showed at Old Trafford, he has every reason to.

However, the midfielder did ply his trade in a struggling Van Gaal side, so he may have more to offer than he originally displayed.

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