Schneiderlin explains the key difference between being at Manchester United and Southampton

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

The former Southampton midfielder is adapting to a new squad role at Old Trafford.

Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has explained that the main difference between life for him as a footballer now and when he was at Southampton is the amount of game time he receives, according to

Indeed, the 25-year-old has accepted that United boss Louis van Gaal rotates heavily in attack and midfield and believes he must take things 'philosophically.'

Schneiderlin was a mainstay at Southampton, playing regularly as the glue that held their midfield together. At Manchester United, however, the playmaker has had to get used to less minutes and was not played against Arsenal during United's most recent Premier League clash.

The Frenchman told reporters: "I have played a lot of matches. The coach made a lot of changes in attack and even in midfield and you have to get used to it.

"I used to play all the games with Southampton but things have changed. I happened to be on the bench, you have to take it philosophically."

The irony is that Schneiderlin is Manchester United's best central midfielder, with Van Gaal committing footballing suicide by leaving him out during the 3-0 loss at Arsenal.

The 25-year-old should ideally not experience anything different from his time at Southampton, then, and play all the time.

But he certainly faces a new type of competition for places at Old Trafford - and Schneiderlin's level-headed nature means he is coping with that well for now.

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