Morgan Schneiderlin discusses the competition for places at Manchester United

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The midfielder joined Manchester United from Southampton this summer.

New Manchester United signing Morgan Schneiderlin has told the club's official website that competition for a place in the Red Devils side is 'intense' after making a move to Old Trafford from Southampton this summer. 

Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera are likely to be two men expecting to feature more often than not in 2015/16, as well as fellow new boy Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has linked up with United after ending a lengthy spell with Bayern Munich. 

The Frenchman told the club's official website: "It’s very intense. There are a lot of games in the Premier League, Champions League and domestic cups and it’s good competition for us. We all work hard together but, of course, it’s the manager’s choice who will play – that’s normal. I want to play and the other players want to play, but the manager chooses the team and you always have to push to get into it. At a club like United you would expect nothing else."

Schneiderlin could have easily stayed at Southampton and been a part of their side for another season, as they take part in the Europa League for the first time since 2003 - and will have been a guaranteed starter every week, so in that sense it's a brave move for him to leave the south coast and head to the north west.

But he has got the opportunity to play in the Champions League and compete at a higher level in the Premier League, as well as learning from some of the more established talent at the club.

Schneiderlin added: "I am not the finished product; I am just 25, which is the middle age for a professional footballer. Training week-in and week-out with these players helps you learn and improve your game. I’m ready for it."

As the player alludes to, his best years are ahead of him, and judging by the amount of clubs that have been linked with him during the past year, and the standing they have in the game, he is very highly rated and could go on to be one of the top midfielders in Europe. 

He may have to bide his time with two Champions League winners to compete with - one of whom has a World Cup winners' medal as well - but he is likely to be richer for the experience in years to come.

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