Southampton chairman explains how Schneiderlin reacted to not being allowed to leave

The Manchester United midfielder was 'fantastic' to deal with for the Saints.

Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says Morgan Schneiderlin was 'fantastic' to deal with after he was told he couldn't leave the South Coast club when he first wanted to, according to the Daily Mirror.

Schneiderlin is now a Manchester United midfielder but Krueger says he was professional when told he couldn't leave St Mary's.

The Frenchman played on for Southampton, performing consistently well, before later being allowed to move to Old Trafford.

Krueger is quoted as saying by the Mirror: "There was a three to five-year plan and we were going through the growing pains of it but at some point we had to stop the bleeding.

"When Schneiderlin was told he couldn't leave, he was professional as a player and fantastic to deal with as a person."

Schneiderlin may have mixed feelings about his move to Manchester United. It hasn't exactly been run like the big club he may have expected when leaving Southampton.

At the same time, however, the Frenchman could still be on course for a top-four finish and an FA Cup win.

Manchester United's lows have been plentiful this season but there have also been a number of highs.

Southampton, though, have enjoyed another successful campaign. Whoever they sell, the Saints have excelled at always finding the right replacements.

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