Man United transfer news: Could this £25m man be United’s answer to Matic?

first_imgManchester United appeared to lack a certain ‘je ne sais qoui’ against Southampton as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, but things could change if they make a move for a French international midfielder.The Reds Devils had plenty more of the ball against the Saints, but couldn’t find a way to break them down and as such they failed to register a single shot on target.One of the major reasons behind the statistic, which will have no doubt startled boss Louis van Gaal, was the performance of Morgan Schneiderlin who put in an imperious display to shield his defence, which has conceded a paltry 15 goals in 21 Premier League games so far this season.Since the match it is being reported the Reds Devils could now move for the 25-year-old as Dutchman Van Gaal seeks to add some much needed steel in the middle of the park.In Nemanja Matic, Manchester United’s Premier League title rivals Chelsea already have a player of this ilk and who has earned plaudits for his superb displays, although it can be argued Schneiderlin is slightly more forward thinking than the Serbian.But how do the two players compare? talkSPORT takes a look at the vital statistics… 2 2 Morgan Schneiderlin in action against Manchester United As suggested above, Schneiderlin is always likely to chip in with a goal, more so than the likes of Michael Carrick and Daley Blind, and his tally of three so far this season means he’s already outscoring Matic, but of course this isn’t the reason Van Gaal will be signing him with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao around.His job will be to shield what has been a shaky backline this season and ease the pressure on David De Gea, whose superb form has undoubtedly won several points for the Red Devils this season.In comparison to Matic, who has excelled in front of John Terry and Gary Cahill, Schneiderlin is just as good at dispossessing opponents having won 76 per cent of the tackles he has made, while the Chelsea star has completed 75 per cent of his attempts to win the ball.And Matic is only just ahead of the Man United target when it comes to interceptions having collected the ball 43 times, compared to Schneiderlin’s 35, although the Chelsea man has cleared 32 more times than the Frenchman, suggesting he’s a littly more savvy when it comes to halting his opponents.When it comes to playing with the ball at his feet, Schneiderlin has found a team-mate with 89 per cent of the passes he has attempted with Matic managing to complete 87 per cent of his efforts, but perhaps shockingly the latter has attempted far more dribbles than the Saints star, and it’s easy to see why when you see Schneiderlin has only been successful with four of his eight attempts.It appears the duo are fairly evenly matched, apart from the odd statistic, so Louis van Gaal may very well be barking up the right tree if he tries to swipe Schneiderlin away from Southampton, but first the Dutchman will have to get a deal ratified by compatriot and rival boss Ronald Koeman, and that will be no easy task considering the bad blood between the duo.Manchester United fans! Is Morgan Schneiderlin the man to bolster your squad? Let us know below…last_img read more