Former United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin feels he may have jumped the gun when it came to leaving Manchester United.
He was brought in as a no-frills experienced Premier League player, that would bring some stability to a shaky United squad.
He did, in fact, play 47 times for United with almost all these performnces coming during Van Gaal’s tenure.
When Jose Mourinho took over, Schneirderlin found himself frozen out.
After a lengthy spell of no football, the Frenchman felt that his only option was to leave.
Speaking to the BBC perhaps in hindsight he feels maybe that thought was a little premature.
“I wanted to do more and I had the capacity to do more.”
“Maybe I jumped out of the boat too quickly when I didn’t play for three months.”
Many of United’s established players over the years have endured spells in and out of the team.
Schniederlin sees that now, all be it a little too late.
“When I look at other players having a great career at Manchester United, they all had a spell of four or five months when they didn’t play.”
Schneiderlin is not the charismatic flamboyant type, and he takes a lot of criticism for his simple yet effective football.
“That’s the perception of people and what they say but I would love to watch a game with them.”
“If you are in midfield, you are 1-0 down and your team has run after the ball for a minute.”
“Then I try a long pass and miss it, people might clap because it is an attacking move.”
“But my team-mates might have to for another two minutes to get the ball back.”
“If we are winning 1-0 and I make a short pass that allows the team to breathe, people think it is clever.”
He feels he doesn’t necessarily get the credit he deserves.
“Some people say I pass square but I don’t see it.”
“Look at [Sergio] Busquets at Barcelona. I don’t compare myself to him but tell me the passes he does that I don’t?”
“Because they win games everyone says he’s the cleverest midfielder in football. I don’t compare myself to Busquets.”
“Football is about perception.”
“You can play the same game but it will be analysed differently depending on whether you have won or lost.”
Historically very few arrive at United and never skip a beat.
Even rarer, is for a player to be a key figure without interruption during their time at the Theatre of Dreams.