Ex-Man Utd star Schneiderlin follows Ronaldo by slamming ‘outdated’ facilities

Ex-Manchester United star Morgan Schneiderlin has followed Cristiano Ronaldo by hitting out at the club's sub-standard facilities.

Ronaldo, 38, lashed out at United's outworn training ground during his explosive rant at the back end of last year, which ultimately ended his second stint at Old Trafford. "Nothing changed, surprisingly. Not only the pool, the jacuzzi, even the gym. Even the kitchen, the chefs, whom I appreciate – lovely people," Ronaldo told at Piers Morgan.

"I thought I would see other things, technologies, and infrastructure. Unfortunately, we see a lot of what I used to see at 21, 22, and 23 years old. It really surprised me. Since Ferguson left, I haven’t seen an evolution at the club. Progress is zero. You have to tear it down and rebuild it. If they start with me, it’s not a problem."

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Now, Ronaldo's comments have been backed up by former French international Schneiderlin. The 33-year-old, who currently plies his trade on loan at A-League outfit Western Sydney Warriors, joined Man Utd in the summer of 2015 for a cool £25m, having enjoyed a wealth of success down on the south coast with Southampton.

He was part of the Saints side that recorded back-to-back promotions to the Premier League, and he was rightly earmarked as one of the best defensive midfielders in England. Yet, his time at United is hardly remembered with any fondness. The Red Devils were still struggling to adapt to life without legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the whole club needed a fierce makeover.

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"It was a weird feeling at Manchester United," Schneiderlin recalled to the Mail. "'For me, it is the biggest club in the world, no doubt, but I joined at the wrong time.

"The training ground needed to be more modern and other things needed to change. You could feel the atmosphere at the club wasn't great. I was very surprised, I was thinking, sometimes, 'Come on, we are all playing for Manchester United, we should smile every day, of course there is high pressure but you need to be strong to play'.

"As a player, you always blame yourself and I know what went wrong with me. If you play for Manchester United, you have quality, I was full of dreams going there and didn't expect things to go that way."

Making 39 appearances across all competitions in his debut season, Schneiderlin was used in rotation with veteran Bastian Schweinsteiger, who coincidentally joined Man Utd on the same day as the Frenchman. However, the arrival of compatriot Paul Pogba saw his game time severely hampered during the 2016/17 season, making just three Premier League showings, and Schneiderlin was flogged to Everton midway through the campaign.

Despite showing occasional glimpses of his Southampton form, his three-and-a-half-year spell on Merseyside ended in similar disappointment, quitting after the Goodison faithful turned on him. He joined Ligue 1 Nice in June 2020, before temporarily upping sticks to Western Sydney Warriors earlier this year.


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