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Former PL star opens up on Tottenham snub to join Man United despite Pochettino interest



Morgan Schneiderlin snubbed Tottenham to join Manchester United and is now playing in France

Former Southampton and Manchester United star Morgan Schneiderlin has opened up on his decision to snub Tottenham and join the Red Devils.

The Frenchman had played under Mauricio Pochettino during their Southampton days. However, he left the Saints to join Manchester United while Pochettino became the manager of Tottenham.

Schneiderlin spent just one year at the Red Devils before moving to Everton. He spent four years with the Toffees and joined Nice this season.

Morgan Schneiderlin played under Mauricio Pochettino

Fabio Borini of Sunderland battles with Morgan Schneiderlin of Southampton as Mauricio Pochettino manager of Southampton (L) and Sunderland manager Gustavo Poyet (R) look on (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The French midfielder was never able to click at United and at Everton too. He was speaking to the Athletic regarding his move back then and explained why he joined the Red Devils (h/t

“I had interest from Tottenham because Pochettino had gone there. A couple of other teams called my agent, but when Man United were interested, there was no other choice.

“Man United and Real Madrid are the two biggest clubs in the world.”

A different story for Morgan?

The 30-year-old added that he would have been a Spurs player had he listened to his heart. He knew Pochettino well and the former Spurs manager was keen on landing the midfielder:

“You can’t refuse Man United but if I was to listen to my heart, I would have signed for Spurs. I knew the manager and how he would be with me, his training style. He called me to ask me to go to Spurs. He wanted me 100 per cent.”

Morgan Schneiderlin played for Everton too during his PL days

Morgan Schneiderlin of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton FC and Norwich City at Goodison Park (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Pochettino did have a decent midfield during his time at Spurs. Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko were two holding midfielders while Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen were possibly the biggest names in our midfield at the time.

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Schneiderlin under Pochettino could have been a different story but the Frenchman seems to be doing fine with Nice in Ligue 1. This is just his second season in the French top-flight and it will be interesting to see how it goes for him.

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