Cape Town - Former
Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed that his
time playing under Louis van Gaal was not enjoyable.
The Everton man was signed by United for £24 million in 2015, but was
sold to the Toffees by current Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho 18 months
Schneiderlin has spoken of his first season at United and how frustrating it was to play under then-manager Van Gaal.
"That first year with Louis van Gaal sticks in my throat a bit," he told L'Equipe.
"I didn't enjoy myself at all on the pitch. He left me very little
freedom in my game, even though I have quite a lot of Premier League
"With him, I had the impression of playing like a robot. I was told:
'You must never go and look for the ball in this area of the pitch, you
must not do this, that...' Those instructions perhaps disturbed me a
"When a player asks himself during a game, 'But what does the coach
want me to do in this situation?' he starts to perform less well.
"Especially at Manchester United in a context where all the matches
are scrutinised by the media and where you can quickly be criticised
Ibrahimovic says that Jose Mourinho is the right man to return United
to the top of the Premier League, but agrees the current squad needs
The Red Devils are currently seven points adrift of a Champions
League spot, albeit with two matches in-hand on fourth-placed Manchester