According to The Mirror, Manchester United are lining up a summer swoop for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
The French midfielder has been a key player during Southampton’s stint in the Premier League, with Mauricio Pochettino improving his game drastically over the past 18 months.
The report claims Southampton will not be willing to sell for anything less than £15million, although this is not likely to put off the United hierarchy.
The 24-year-old is predominantly a defensive midfielder, with his key attributes being his passing and his ability to break up the opposition’s attacks.
David Moyes is actively on the lookout for a new central midfielder, as it is a key area where United have struggled for a number of years.
|Name||Team||Pos||Fwd Pass / apps||Accurate Pass / apps||Interception / apps||Won Tackle / apps||Ball Recovery / apps||Fouls / apps||Apps||Mins|
|Michael Carrick||Man Utd||MF||24.33||60.50||3.04||1.46||7.58||0.42||24||2,008|
|Marouane Fellaini||Man Utd||MF||15.00||44.80||2.00||1.87||6.47||2.07||15||1,016|
As the table suggests, Carrick plays more balls forward on average per game with more accuracy than both Schneiderlin and Fellaini.
Defensively, Carrick also comes out heavily on top, making more interceptions, more ball recoveries and less fouls than Fellaini and Schneiderlin.
The England international, however, makes less tackles on average - with Southampton ace Schneiderlin clearly coming out on top in this aspect.
The table suggests that Fellaini is the weakest of the trio as a defensive midfielder this season, and his average of two fouls per game does not do him any favours in this aspect either.
The stats prove that Carrick is easily Manchester United's best all-round defensive midfielder, though with age on his side, Schneiderlin certainly has the potential to be a success at Old Trafford were he to arrive.