Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has declared that he is not motivated by the pursuit individual accolades or by getting a “good rating” from the media, stating that his only interest lies in helping his team win games.
After being asked a question on his apparent eagerness to stay away from the headlines during an interview with the official Manchester United magazine Schneiderlin said, “I do, because I’m a team player. I don’t play for chasing praise from anyone.”
The Frenchman, a £24m summer signing from Southampton, cost four times as much as Bastian Schweinsteiger and almost the same price as Memphis Depay, but has been happy to take a back-seat in the fame game and just do his job for the team as best he can.
He went on to explain: “Of course, you have to play as well as you can but I don’t play to have a good rating in the newspaper or anything like that. I just play to win games and give my team the best possibilities.”
Though not always a guaranteed starter, Schneiderlin has played most of United’s games so far this season and has been an important figure at the base of the midfield – something that has no doubt been one of several contributing factors to the club’s improved defensive record.
"I think a lot of players are working very, very hard and a lot of players are getting praise around us because they score or they give assists in their position,” he said of his defensive role. “But a lot of players are working hard, making some crucial challenges and doing some good things. Yet sometimes, of course, we are bit out of the spotlight, if I can say that. But for me I don’t care about being in the spotlight. I just like to win!“
You can purchase ‘futures’ in Morgan Schneiderlin now on the Football INDEX for a price of £1.50. Although clearly not one of the superstars of the team, the role in which he plays will be pivotal in any success that Louis Van Gaal’s team experience during his stay at Old Trafford and traders are looking to grab a piece of the Frenchman before that success does become apparent and his value ultimately rises.