Morgan Schneiderlin could make his first appearance back at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday when Southampton hosts Manchester United.
Schneiderlin, 25, spent seven year with Southampton before joining United this offseason for an initial fee of £24 million. He played 260 games for Southampton in all competitions and his former manager Ronald Koeman hopes that fans will appreciate what he did for the club.
“I hope the reaction to [Schneiderlin] is a positive one,” Koeman told The Guardian. “He did everything for the club, he had a great time in Southampton and was ready for the next step. I think we have to receive the player like we normally do with other players. How the fans react to Rickie Lambert is what you expect of fans receiving those who did everything for the club in a very positive way, I hope.”
Schneiderlin was rumored to leave the club last offseason and expressed a desire to leave, but after selling several key players such as Lambert, Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, Southampton were unwilling to part ways with their French midfielder and forced him to stay for another season.
“It’s difficult always to say that it’s not possible to leave the club but to tell him twice is impossible,” Koeman said. “We had a very good relationship after the difficult summer that we had at the club. His reaction was fantastic. He had a big part in a big season last year and it’s best for him and for the player, that’s the important thing. He’s now player for Manchester United and I wish him the best – but not on Sunday.”