Many of Louis van Gaal’s signings for Manchester United are turning out to be mega flops for the club, and now one of them has been offered an escape route by West Bromwich Albion
Sky Sports are claiming that West Brom have made a £18 million bid for out of favour French defender Morgan Schneiderlin. The 27-year-old is currently a fringe player at Old Trafford, and they could well be tempted to take West Brom up on their offer.
West Brom and Everton were both reportedly keen on signing the Frenchman in the next transfer window, and it looks like the former has made the first move. The Baggies already have two former United players in the first team in Darren Fletcher and Jonny Evans, and are looking to snap up Schneiderlin to make it three.
United paid Southampton a reported £24 million for Schneiderlin in the summer of 2015. He had a halfway decent debut season, but is currently far down the pecking order, with the likes of Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are all preferred over him.
Schneiderlin’s career at Manchester United hasn’t been memorable for him at all. His performances have even seen him drop out of the national team picture, and this will be something the Frenchman will be hoping to remedy right away by seeking a move away from Old Trafford.
Schneiderlin is just one of many players brought in by former manager Louis van Gaal who have seen their Manchester United careers fizzle out. First and foremost on that list was, of course, former Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria.
The Argentine arrived at Old Trafford amid much fanfare for a whopping British record of £59.7 million, but left for PSG the very next summer, without making any sort of impact for the Red Devils.
It was a similar case with former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who was cast out after a falling out with Van Gaal. Now that the Iron Tulip is gone, even more of his signings are in the process of being shipped out including the likes of Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Daley Blind.
Whatever may be said of Van Gaal’s reign at United, one thing is for certain. He certainly didn’t leave a lasting legacy.