French midfielder thanks Mourinho despite being sold to rivals

The January transfer window for Manchester United will be one that will see more outs than in’s from the club, one player that has already moved away from Old Trafford is Morgan Schneiderlin and the Frenchman has insisted that it was an “easy decision” to join Everton after being given the green light to leave Manchester United by Jose Mourinho.

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The 27-year-old had been surplus to requirements at Old Trafford since Jose Mourinho’s arrival in the summer, with only three substitute appearances from in the Premier League.

Morgan Schneiderlin was wanted by a number of clubs, including both West Bromwich Albion and Everton, with the Frenchman grateful to his now-former boss for allowing him to leave Old Trafford in search of regular football.

“When I made the decision to leave, I knew the choice was important,” he told Sky Sports News. “I knew a lot of clubs were interested. I spoke with a lot of managers but when Everton came I knew I had a platform because I knew the staff and it’s a big club, too.

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“It was an easy decision. You need to know what you want in life. Me, I want to play football and enjoy it. That’s the most important thing, to play with a smile on my face and be able to play every weekend. I’m not the kind of player to sit on the bench and be happy.

“As soon as I saw I was not the first or second choice, I went to see the manager and told him face-to-face what I thought. We had a good discussion and I’m happy he understood.”

Schneiderlin, who spent 18 months as a United player under Louis van Gaal and Mourinho, completed his move to Everton on Thursday in a deal worth an initial £20million rising to 24million with bonuses.

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

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