‘We didn’t have the confidence to play very good football and we didn’t’: Louis van Gaal’s ‘strict’ style of play devastated by Morgan Schneiderlin … as the former Manchester United midfielder reveals he ‘started complaining’ against his wife about the tactics of the Dutchman
- Morgan Schneiderlin has played it out against his old Man United boss Louis Van Gaal
- Schneiderlin says he joined United because of the club’s prestige, not the manager
- Schneiderlin argues that Van Gaal’s style was too ‘strict’ and limited their freedom
- The 30-year-old believes it damaged their confidence and ignored their gut feeling
- Schneiderlin left Manchester United 18 months after signing for £ 20m in 2015
Former Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has had a hit against his longtime manager Louis Van Gaal, claiming the Dutchman limited his creativity on the field.
Van Gaal signed Schneiderlin for £ 20m in 2015, but says he moved to Old Trafford for the club’s prestige, not the manager.
Schneiderlin said Van Gaal’s ‘strict’ coaching style prevented him from playing with his ‘stomach’ and in turn hurt his confidence. Subsequently, the midfielder left United just 18 months after signing, having played just 32 league matches and scoring one goal.
Morgan Schneiderlin has had a hit against former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal
Schneiderlin argues that Van Gaal’s coaching style was too ‘strict’ and limited their freedom
Speaking of his decision to join Manchester United, Schneiderlin explained how he spoke to Van Gaal, but it was in fact the appeal of the club that led him to put pen to paper.
He told The athletic: ‘He [Van Gaal] wanted me too, but we had less connection on the phone. So I signed more with Manchester United football club than with the manager. ‘
The 30-year-old later admitted that Van Gaal’s tactical instructions were too restrictive and ultimately prevented United from playing with freedom.
He said United played with a style that was too strict. We were told, “If you have the ball, do this” instead of playing with my stomach like I had with Pochettino and Koeman.
Schneiderlin says that Van Gaal has damaged his self-confidence and that he could not listen to his feelings
Schneiderlin complained to his wife about his lack of freedom and says it still hurts now
‘The worst thing for a football player is when you think too much. I started to think, “Ah, the manager wants me to do this.” You lose your instinct, you start forcing things, you miss passing, you are late for a challenge. Your self-confidence decreases. ‘
Despite being regularly selected under Van Gaal, Schneiderlin – along with the likes of Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Matteo Darmian – failed to reach the heights expected of him under the Dutchman’s leadership.
However, the Frenchman refused to take responsibility for his performance and blamed Van Gaal.
‘I would play a very good game and then a very bad game. I wasn’t confident enough. I started to complain to my wife. It hurts me even when I couldn’t play free at United, ‘he said.
‘The pressure from the club was no problem for me. I like pressure, I need pressure and adrenaline. The fans were good to me on the street. The problem was because I knew I had so much to give, but I couldn’t give it because I felt limited. ‘
Looking back, I shouldn’t have been so upset, but then it was. You had to wait for the manager to tell you you could eat. These things work when the players are 19 and 20, but not when you have older players. ‘
Schneiderlin left Manchester United for Everton 18 months after signing for £ 20m in 2015
He has since joined Nice after 88 appearances and one goal for the Toffees
After Van Gaal’s resignation, Schneiderlin was allowed to leave United to join Everton for £ 20 million in January through his successor Jose Mourinho.
However, Schneiderlin has now left Everton for Nice in a £ 2 million deal just three years after arriving at Goodison Park.
Schneiderlin made 88 appearances, scoring just one goal for the Toffees during his time at the club.