Manchester United recruit Morgan Schneiderlin is adamant he can progress as a player under the helm of manager Louis Van Gaal.
The 25-year-old midfielder claims his move from Southampton was strongly influenced by the former Netherlands coach, whose years of experience will benefit his style of play.
Schneiderlin described Van Gaal as a “massive” figure of world football.
“He [Van Gaal] made me understand how big the club is and the importance of doing the right thing and playing well,” he told MUTV.
“So for me it was a big part and I look forward to training with him and progressing, because I am still young and I know I can improve here.
“I know that I will get better because I am going to play with better players and one of the best managers in the world.”
The French international also thanked his former club Southampton for aiding his growth as player.
“I say thank you to all the Southampton people there because they helped me come through a lot of things and helped me to progress as a player,” he said.
Schneiderlin is one of four new signings made by United alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian.
Van Gaal’s new recruits will each have an important role for the recently struggling club Schneiderlin is relishing the opportunity to contribute to the success of the club.
“It is a dream come true,” the Frenchman said.
“It is the beginning of a new thing for me, a new adventure, a new step and more demanding, with more pressure – but I’m ready for that and I can’t wait to start playing.”