Martin Keown has told the Daily Mail that Morgan Schneiderlin opted to move to Manchester United this summer as they displayed the greatest desire to secure his signature.
The Mail had linked Schneiderlin with Tottenham Hotspur for much of the summer, but the Frenchman ultimately opted to try his luck at Old Trafford.
Since joining Louis van Gaal's side, he has been in direct competition with Bastian Schweinsteiger and Michael Carrick for a place in the team, and has found himself playing a rotational role, but Keown insists that it will be a challenge the Frenchman is relishing.
"United wanted him more than anybody else, and that’s what players respond to," he said. "I feel that Michael Carrick won’t stay fit whole season. The last couple of games Schneiderlin has been on the bench and it has started to sink in that Bastian Schweinsteiger is the main man and will be. He controls games, and Carrick is a player not to be underestimated.
"Schneiderlin probably feels like he is on the outside looking in. At Southampton he was running the show and every club in the country wanted to take him. He has plenty of time ahead - but he is going through a difficult period and will start to question things. Self-doubt creeps in, but when the chance comes again he must prove he is better than the other two."
Schneiderlin is set to return to his former club Southampton this weekend, with United visiting St. Mary's on Sunday.
The Red Devils go into the game having lost in Europe in their last outing to PSV Eindhoven, and they will be determined to bounce back in style, to ensure that they continue to climb the Premier League table.
United still don't seem to have found their best form, and their performances have been rather disjointed - despite them occupying a place in the upper echelons of the table.
Similarly, Southampton have also found things difficult at the start of the season, but they are unbeaten in their last three matches and will be keen to extend that record against Van Gaal's side.