The French international, speaking to Le Parisien [as per Le 10 Sport], revealed that the Dutch man was a hard man to please, in discussing his first impressions of the ex-Bayern Munich manager.
“We had a frank discussion in June,” Schneiderlin began, remembering the way van Gaal convinced him to move to Old Trafford this summer, “van Gaal knew me as a footballer, but he wanted to better understand my character and my personality.
“After that, he exposed me to his philosophy of play and talked to be about himself. On the field, he wants me to repeat the performances that I delivered at Southampton, that I play with the same aggressiveness and that I win back the ball.
“But he has a lot or rigour, and is very difficult to satisfy!”
Schneiderlin has made an encouraging start to his Red Devils career to date, slotting into life at Old Trafford with ease since making the move on July 13 [via the club’s official website].
The Frenchman has averaged a pass-success rate of 90.2 per cent over the first four matches of the season, putting him inside the top 20 in the Premier League.
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Similarly, he has also been a key defensive presence; his 3.3 interceptions per match puts him inside the top 20 in the division, while his average of 3.8 tackles per match establishes himself within the top 15 in the top flight.
However, Schneiderlin has also averaged 2.3 fouls per match, which puts him inside the top 15 ‘dirty’ players in the league at this early stage.
The midfielder enjoyed great success at Southampton after moving to the club from Racing Club Strasbourg Alsace in 2008.
He helped the Saints back up through the divisions, before they established themselves in the top half of the Premier League.