18th January 2017. By Ryan Baldi. In his 25 minute cameo appearance on his Everton debut on Saturday, Morgan Schneiderlin racked up more Premier League game time than he had been afforded in the last six months at Old Trafford.

The 27-year-old Frenchman joined promising career which had stagnated, treading water at both club and international level.

His £25 million move to United in the summer of 2015 was supposed to mark his arrival at the summit of English football. The Red Devils were hardly the force they had been under Sir Alex Ferguson, but Louis van Gaal's men had crept into the Champions League qualifications places the previous season and, after a summer of heavy investment, were expected to kick on and reclaim their position as title contenders.

Things didn't go to plan for United, van Gaal, or Schneiderlin, however. The former Strasbourg man started 25 Premier league games last season — a respectable figure — but failed to impose himself on the Red Devils' midfield in the way he had at St. Mary's Stadium.

United finished fifth and, despite winning a record-equalling 12th FA Cup, van Gaal was dispensed with in May, replaced by Jose Mourinho, his former assistant at Barcelona.

It may have been a new frontier for United, but Schneiderlin's situation only worsened as he fell further down the pecking order under the new manager, featuring in just 11 minutes of Premier League action before his January switch to Goodison Park.

The player himself might feel hard done by for never being given a fair crack of the whip at Old Trafford but, in truth, in his 47 total appearances for the club, he failed to show anything like the authority and power in central areas that earned him the big money move in the first place.

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Initially overlooked for France's 23-man European Championship squad for the tournament on home soil last summer, Schneiderlin eventually crept into the selection when Marseille midfielder Lassana Diarra was forced to withdraw through injury. However, the then-Manchester United man didn't feature in a single minute of the host nation's run to the final, and has not played for his country since.

The move to Everton gives him the perfect platform to once again prove his worth to Deschamps. Dropping further down the Premier League ladder could have harmed his chances yet further, but in joining an upwardly mobile and ambitious side such as the one Koeman is constructing, the Toffees' newest star has the opportunity to become a key player in the upper echelons of one of the biggest leagues in the world.

The player insists that his decision to move to the blue half of Merseyside was not a difficult one. "When I made the decision to leave, I knew the choice was important," he told Sky Sports.

"I knew a lot of clubs were interested. I spoke with a lot of managers but when Everton came I knew I had a platform because I knew the staff and it's a big club, too. It was an easy decision."

With the way things panned out for him in Manchester, it would be easy for Schneiderlin to bear a grudge and use his negative experiences as a driving factor to spur on his performances for his new club.

But that doesn't seem to be the way he sees it. For the Frenchman, a healthier, more positive outlook is the antidote to ensuring that his time with Everton proves more bountiful than his 18 months at Old Trafford.

"You need to know what you want in life," Schneiderlin philosophically posits. "Me, I want to play football and enjoy it. That's the most important thing, to play with a smile on my face and be able to play every weekend."