Should Manchester United join the race to sign this £27m Arsenal target?

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Manchester United are in need of another central midfield player – should they join the race to sign Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin?

The Red Devils are embarking on a new era under manager Louis van Gaal, with the Dutchman appointed to improve upon the dismal David Moyes era at Old Trafford. The club have already landed two new signings, with Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera joining the club for a combined £60m.

Herrera's arrival is a huge boost to United given how bad their midfield was last season. The likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Marouane Fellaini and Darren Fletcher all struggled to make an impact under Moyes, as the club paid the price to some slow work in the summer transfer market, culminating in the £27.5m panic buy of Fellaini from Everton.

Even with the signing of Herrera, United are still in desperate need of another midfielder. The club are still seemingly interested in signing Juventus' Chilean international Arturo Vidal, whilst some speculation even suggests that van Gaal could be willing to wait until January in order to sign Roma's Kevin Strootman.

Yet one player who could fit the bill is Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.

The Frenchman is angling for a move way from St. Mary's Stadium, with the club having already sold Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, as well as the aforementioned Shaw. A £27m price tag is reportedly on the 24-year-old's head - considerably less than what Juventus want for Vidal - and he has already allegedly snubbed a move to Arsenal because he doesn't think he'll play enough at the Emirates Stadium.

Having someone to sit in front of the back four would allow Herrera to essentially play as a deep-lying playmaker, with less defensive responsibility attached to him. Schneiderlin is the perfect heir to Michael Carrick; he has the passing range and the positional awareness to fill that role with no drop off, and he still has potential to become even better.

It may not be a signing to get the pulses racing at Old Trafford, but Schneiderlin's effectiveness in and out of possession would make him ideal for van Gaal. He plays well ahead of his years, something that van Gaal has admitted to being key for him, and he combines physical with technical attributes - so what are United waiting for?

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