Everton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has lashed out at former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, accusing the Dutchman of placing too many restrictions and making him feel ‘like a robot’.
Schneiderlin, who joined the Red Devils from Southampton for £24m in 2015, left Old Trafford for Goodison Park last summer after an unsuccessful spell.
He blames Van Gaal’s methods for the way things turned out for him, revealing that he had very little freedom during matches.
« The first year with Louis van Gaal sticks in the throat, » the Frenchman said to L’Equipe (via Daily Mail). I didn’t take any pleasure on the pitch. He left me little freedom in my game, even though I have quite a lot of experience in the Premier League.
« With him, I felt like playing a robot. They said to me, « You must never go and get the ball in this part of the pitch, you must not do this, that ». These instructions may have disturbed me a little
« When a player wonders during a game, « What does the coach want me to do? », he begins to be less efficient. Especially at Manchester United, in a context where all matches are scrutinised by the media and where one can quickly be criticised from everywhere. »
Schneiderlin hasn’t been as productive as he would have liked to be during his first campaign at Everton either, scoring just once and assisting zero times in his 18 appearances. But he does seem to be enjoying himself on the pitch, and much should be expected from him next season.